TLACast • Volume 30 No. 2 • April 2011

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 Libraries Crossing Boundaries: Bibliotecas Cruzando Fronteras

Actress and New York Times bestselling author Jamie Lee Curtis keynotes the first general session of the Texas Library Association conference, April 13-15 at the Austin Convention Center. Curtis believes passionately in reading and fostering children’s imagination and potential. Her appearance on Wednesday, April 13, at 8:30 am will kick-off a day to recognize the critical importance of reading and libraries.

RALLY at the Capitol

Thousands of library supporters and the public will gather at the south steps of the Texas Capital at 4 pm on April 13 to Rally for Texas libraries. The color of the day will be red as crowds join the Drum Café to beat the drums for Texas libraries and protest the devastating cuts being proposed for statewide library programs. Lawmakers and library supporters will address the crowd. So, be sure to bring your favorite red outfit or buy a rally T-shirt at the TLA store. The TLA Rally will be a fun and inspiring way to advocate for Texas libraries.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author Greg Mortenson will speak at the convention’s second general session on Thursday, April 14 at 4 pm. Mortenson is co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and the children’s program, Pennies For Peace.  His work creating educational opportunities for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan has earned international praise.

Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler and illustrator Maira Kalman will share the stage on Friday, April 15 at noon. Along with a lively discussion on their latest collaboration (Why We Broke Up), audience members will be treated to a live musical excerpt from Brothers, Boyfriends and Other Criminal Minds. (A full schedule of the conference and more information about featured speakers and authors is available from the conference webpage.)

Conference Essentials

Pocket Program: The 2011 Pocket Program (pdf) has the daily schedule and room assignments. Please bring your copy of the full conference program that you received in the mail, as we will have only limited quantities available onsite.  

Handouts: Be sure to check the TLA website for any electronic session handouts that may be available for programs you are interested in seeing.

Conference Spotlight

Combatting Cyberbullying: Bullying and cyberbullying are at the forefront of today’s news. Librarians have a unique role and perspective in working with students to understand the ethical use of technology. With the very real dangers of cyberbullying in our school campuses, librarians can contribute significantly to a student's psychosocial growth and emotional well-being. This discussion examines cyberbullying and the vast spectrum of what it includes. Reginald Cajayon, an Internet safety specialist with the Texas State Center for School Safety, Texas State University – San Marcos, will delve into the ways youth attempt to circumvent digital barriers to use computers in ways contrary to school policy. The goal of this session is to explore how librarians may engage in meaningful discussions with school administrators regarding policies on appropriate use of technology and how to help students be respectful cybercitizens. (Friday, April 15 at 10 am)

The e-Patient Movement: Taking Charge of Your Health: The e-patient movement is about the empowerment of patients using online resources and tools. "e-Patient Dave" is a living example of the engaged patient, having used the Internet in every way possible as he beat Stage IV kidney cancer. He is the author of Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an empowered patient beat Stage IV cancer (and what healthcare can learn from it). He'll share his incredible personal story and how e-patients are changing healthcare - and why librarians can play such a pivotal enabling role in this movement. (Thursday, April 14, 1:00-1:50 pm). 

Attaining and Showcasing TBF Grants: Texas Book Festival (TBF) Grants are an important source of funding for Texas public libraries. With so many cuts to library budget, TBF grants will be an even more important source of support in the coming years.  The TBF program is evolving, and changes in the application process will be coming in 2011. This is your chance to find out how to prepare for next year’s round of grants and to review and celebrate some of the great work being done by libraries using TBF grants. (Friday, April 15, 8:00 to 8:50 am)

Conference Perks! 

TLA Exhibitors
The TLA Exhibit Hall offers you a world-class library tradeshow. Make sure your conference plans give you enough time to spending the 500 plus booth show! You can also check out the exhibitors via the TLA website.

  • Shop the Buyers Guide for Products/Services.
  • Search for Products/Services on the FX map.
  • Sneak Peak the LJ/SLJ Aisle-by-Aisle Coupon Book.
  • Shop the Exhibitors through the Mobile App.

TPALS Passport to Win!  Participation in this great members-only game is a must! Learn about TPALS, participating exhibitors and win a CASH prize! Your passport form will be in your registration envelope.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Wednesday, April 13: 10:15am - 4pm
Thursday, April 14: 9am - 4pm
Friday, April 15: 9am - Noon

  • TLA Authors: The TLA conference would not be complete without the many authors who participate. See the authors who will be autographing in the Authors Area and in their exhibit booths.
  • TLA Sponsors: Don't forget to thank our generous sponsors for their contributions. Sponsor representatives will be wearing sponsor ribbons.
  • Food/Refreshments in the Exhibit Hall: A full service Hall Cafe will offer sandwiches, salads, refreshments, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free foods, and a full-service Starbucks.
  • Technology Showcase in Exhibit Hall: The Automation & Technology Showcase will be in the Exhibit Hall.  See the final schedule in the Exhibits Directory & Buyers Guide. You can also add them to your favorites on the new Follow-Me conference scheduler and mobile App.
  • TPALS Passport to Win! Participation in this great members-only game is a must! Learn about TPALS, participating exhibitors and win a CASH prize! Your passport form will be in your registration packet.
  • TLA-Sponsored Exhibitors: Be sure to visit the unit-sponsored exhibitors. You will find them in the online Buyers Guide and on the FX map. Enjoy YART-sponsored graphic novel programs in the exhibit hall near the YART booth, 2847.

Social Media / Mobile App

  • Conference Mobile App! The Mobile app, powered by FollowMe and created by Core-Apps LLC, is a native application for smartphones (iPhone, BlackBerry and Android). There's also a web-based app version for all other smartphones. 
  • Downloading the TLA Mobile App is easy! For iPhone (iPod Touch & iPad): Search the App Store for TLA 2011. For all other phone types (including Android, BlackBerry and all other web browser-enabled phones): While on your mobile device, point your web browser to http://m.core-apps.com/TXLA2011 
  • Blog: The conference blog is booming with information and more is constantly being added. Check back frequently for new information and updates about the 2011 conference and Austin, TX.  
  • Twitter: Tweeters have already begun posting about conference! Be sure to include the hash tag #txla11 in all your tweets.  There will be a streaming twitter fountain in the Technology Turnstile (a.k.a., the Internet room), which will be located in Exhibit Hall 5, Registration Area.  

Stop by the TLA Store to check out the fun new items! Show your support during the Rally at the Capitol by sporting a red rally t-shirt, available in the TLA Store for just $11.  We will also be unveiling many wonderful new items including reading-themed baby items, flash drives, travel coffee mugs, laptops koozies, magnets, bookmarks, and much much more! The TLA Store will be located in Exhibit Hall 5 near the Registration Area. Hours are: Tuesday, April 12: 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesday, April 13: 8 am - 4 pm; Thursday, April 14: 8 am - 5 pm; and Friday, April 15: 8 am - Noon

Other Conference Events  

Librarians Saving Lives! The Central Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be set up in Exhibit Hall 5, Registration area behind the TLA Store, for volunteers who want to offer hop and a chance for life to others in need. Donations will be going to TLA member Lindsay Jones of the Round Rock ISD. Advance sign-up is available so that you can plan your donation around all the great conference programs! (Thursday, April 14, 11:30 - 3:30)

One Book, One Conference: Grab a cup of coffee, bring a friend and share in TLA's "book club." This year's One Book One Conference selection is The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger. A graphic novel selected by popular vote by our membership, the work sets the stage for a lively forum and great opportunity to make new friends. Read the selection before conference and lend your thoughts for a stimulating discussion with your fellow librarians. Robert Weiner and panel will lead our conference conversations on this year's intriguing selection. (Friday, April 15, 10:00 -  11:50 am)

1001 Great ideas and Diversity Fair: Interact with colleagues as you discover new ideas and innovative techniques to take back to your workplace. In this dynamic and informal session, participants will move among tabletop presentation showcasing best practices in diversity, liberty operations and other services representing all library types. Refreshments and cash bar provided. (Tuesday, April 12, 4:00 - 5:30 pm) 

Book Cart Drill Team Competition: Just for fun, the conference also features the annual State Championship competition (5-6 pm April 14), in which teams of costumed library staff members push decorated book carts in formation to music.  Winners are invited to participate in the American Library Association World Championship. 


Legislative Update

The House met Friday and Sunday to consider the proposed House version of the state’s budget (HB 1). After many hours of debate and hundreds of amendments, House members shifted some funds in a few areas of the budget.  Representatives Rafael Anchía (Dallas), Roland Gutierrez (San Antonio), and David Simpson (Longview) put forward amendments to try and restore funding to libraries.  As a result of these efforts, contingency language for Loan Star Libraries (a restoration of $3 million/biennium) and $250,000 for the K-12 databases, as well as funds for library resource sharing were placed in Article XI of the budget. These actions do not denote funding; rather, Article XI is considered a sort of “wish list” so that, if additional funding does become available, programs in Article XI are prioritized. Please note that the final House budget did contain the $2.5 million/biennium recommended by the Appropriations Committee for TexShare.

This action keeps these library programs opened for continued consideration. TLA is extremely grateful to Reps. Gutierrez, Anchía, and Simpson for their leadership and persistent commitment throughout the budget debate to put forward amendments despite the many procedural hurdles involved. We ask the library community to please contact the offices of these legislators and thank them for their hard work on behalf of libraries.

One action of note was the amendment offered by Rep. Anchía which would have actually funded part of Loan Star in the State Library’s budget (Article I). While chief budget writers (Chairman Jim Pitts and Rep. John Otto) accepted the proposed amendment, several legislators spoke against moving funding from other parts of the budget to public libraries.  The amendment did not pass on a record vote. Please note that some legislators who voted against the amendment expressed their support for libraries but felt they could not vote for a transfer of funds. While the tally of yeas and nays is not yet official, an unofficial roster of the vote is available at: Vote (unofficial) to Appropriate Funds to Article I for Public Libraries. As we continue our communications with all state legislators throughout this process, it is important to maintain a productive and reasoned tone. The budget passed the House late Sunday night.

The full Senate will soon consider the Finance Committee’s proposed version of the budget. Once the Senate finalizes its draft, a conference committee will be named (with key members from both chambers) to finalize the budget.

We Must Continue to Advocate

The budget process is far from over, and library supporters are urged to continue contacting elected officials (in both the House and Senate) about the need to restore library funding. Legislators are hearing your message! Reps. Castro and Munoz each sent statements to TLA about library funding. Click to see Rep. Castro's statement and here to see Rep. Munoz's statement. The Conference Budget Committee, which is made up of members from both the House and Senate, will work to finalize the budget in April and May. We must keep contacting elected officials throughout the session. 

  • Go to: TAKE ACTION! Recruit friends and supporters to send messages.
  • Join the Save Libraries Cause on Facebook.
  • Sign the Save Libraries Petition.
  • Send faxes and make phone calls.
  • Post messages on social media sites.

Here’s a sample Facebook message (with links) to keep up the advocacy. 

Texas Library Association <http://www.facebook.com/TexasLibraryAssociation>  Take Action NOW!! This link is set up to send an email to your legislators. You can customize your message to describe the negative impact of budget cuts. Pass this link along to everyone and anyone to have them send an email to help restore library funding.

Library Issues & Taking Action | Texas Library Association <http://capwiz.com/ala/tx/issues/alert/?alertid=22992501&amp;PROCESS=Take+Action>


TLA Announcements

District Analysis Report Released

The TLA Task Force of Districts, led by Sharon Amastae, has completed it official report (pdf), which has been submitted to Council and is available to the full TLA membership. The report is the culmination of over two years of work. The Task Force began its work in 2009 and was directed by Council last year to gather additional member feedback on proposals to alter current district structure.

The Task Force presented ideas at the district meetings during of the fall of 2010. A summary of each district meeting and comments from members were posted to the Task Force wiki.  The Executive Board further directed the Task Force to survey the general TLA membership during the spring of 2011.  These survey results were analyzed by Mary Jo Venetis, and the group then developed recommendations, which are included in the Task Force’s final report and which will be considered by the TLA Council during conference. 

TLA Election Results

  • TLA President:  Jerilynn A. Williams (automatic progression)
  • TLA President-Elect:  Sherilyn Bird
  • TLA Treasurer:  Jesus Campos
  • TLA Representative-at-Large:  Maria Elena Ovalle
  • TLA Representative-at-Large:  April Kessler

In addition to electing new TLA Executive Board members and Unit officers, the TLA membership approved changes to the TLA Bylaws that authorize greater operational flexibility to Units (Article XI) and changes to corporate memberships (Article III).  The approved updates are reflected in the TLA Bylaws. 

General  Announcements

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles statistics regarding incidents of book challenges. If you have information about local books challenges, please forward information to OIF, or submit information by using the challenge reporting system.

Challenges reported to the ALA by individuals are kept confidential. In these cases, ALA will release only the title of the book being challenged, the state and the type of institution (school, public library). The name of the institution and its town will not be disclosed. A list of  most frequently challenged books is compiled from these challenges for each annual  Banned Books Week.

For assistance with actual and possible challenges to library materials, services, and programs,  contact Angela Maycock, OIF assistant director, (tel) 800-545-2433, ext. 4221; (fax) 312-280-4227; amaycock@ala.org;  or at the Office for Intellectual Freedom, 800-545-2433, ext. 4223.


CE Corner

Registration and program details are available on the CE site, or contact Ted Wanner at tedw@txla.org; 800-580-2852.

Julie Todaro will present a series of webinars on measuring, planning, and justifying your library services in this time of catastrophic budget cuts.

  • April 21, 2-3pm: ASSESSING YOUR LIBRARY – The first step in justifying your budget to your governing body is to know your services and their impact. Learn to measure your services in ways that count, using the data you already have now.
  • May 5, 2-3pm: STRATEGIC PLANNING – Develop your mission, vision, goals, and ways to evaluate your outcomes as you respond to new fiscal realities.
  • May 11, 2-3pm: USING ANNUAL REPORTS TO MAKE YOUR CASE – Learn to write an annual report that explains your library’s services and needs in ways that your audience will value.

Premium webinars have a registration fee of $55 ($45 for TLA members, $35 per person in groups of five or more or $35 per webinar if taking the entire series). Invoices are available on request.

Free Strategic Initiatives webinars will continue with the following free webinars:

  • May 3, 2-3 pm: Teen Homework Centers, Minimum Resources for Most Budgets by Sian Brannon and WyLaina Hildreth – Learn how to build a terrific homework center without breaking your public library budget.
  • May 12, 3:30-4:30 pm: Leading Instruction, Collaborating for Success by Kathy Shaw and Sharon Swarner – Learn the secret of how integrated library instruction and faculty collaboration are two sides of the same coin, and how librarians can become leaders in their schools by making the best of both.

Stay tuned this summer for webinars on innovations in job hunting: redefining your skills to fit new jobs, writing better resumes, searching in new places, and making the most of interview opportunities!

2011 TALL Texans

The Texas Library Association’s 17th annual Texas Accelerated Library Leaders (TALL) Institute, will be held June 12-16, 2011, at the Montserrat Retreat Center (Lake Dallas). The participants are competitively selected based on leadership experiences and commitment to serve libraries, communities, and the profession. The members of the 2011 class are:

  • Janet Bailey, Abilene Public Library
  • Pamela Beall, Copperas Cove ISD
  • Jennifer Bekker, Lewisville Public Library
  • Miranda Bennett, University of Houston Libraries
  • Carolyn Bogardus, Port Isabel Public Library
  • Melody Boren, Amarillo Public Library
  • Lea Brogan, San Antonio ISD
  • Janet Cox, McKinney Public Library System
  • Linda Erwin, Aransas County ISD, Rockport
  • Amy Ferguson, Richland College, Dallas
  • Starr Hoffman, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton
  • Jennifer Lee, University of Texas Libraries, Austin
  • Sharon Martin, Dallas Public Library
  • Laurie McKee, Little Elm Public Library
  • Monica Norem, Lone Star College-CyFair
  • Diana O'Connor, Dallas ISD
  • Janie Pickett, Lackland ISD, San Antonio
  • Christine Radcliff, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • Dawn Reyes, Arlington Public Library
  • Robin Stout, Lewisville ISD
  • Dawn Vogler, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin
  • Renee Wood, Northside ISD, San Antonio

The Institute’s curriculum covers professional issues from the latest scholarly publications on leadership, taught in both theory and practice by nationally-recognized consultant Maureen Sullivan and George Washington University Library Director Jack Siggins. Six mentors, all veteran leaders from Texas libraries, provide additional instruction and support. Librarians return to their institutions with deeper understanding of management, communication, and strategic planning. Graduates of the program have become directors of major library systems, administrators within school districts and universities, board members for libraries and other nonprofit organizations, and leaders in critical initiatives within their own communities.


Names in the News

  • UTSA has appointed the following individuals to library positions: Michelle Millet, head of research services; Kawanna Bright, head of first year services; Hejin Shin, head of library systems; Jingshan Xiao, systems librarian; and Heather Hamilton, preservation technician.
  • Herman Totten, Dean of the College of Information at the University of North Texas, has assumed an interim position as UNT Vice President of University and Community Affairs. Associate Dean Linda Schamber assumes the position of acting dean.
  • Out of 2,000 entries, two Texas librarians were selected for the I Love My Librarian award. They are Stefanie Wittenbach, director of the TAMU – San Antonio Campus Library, and Doug Valentine, McKillop Elementary School in Melissa, Texas.

DEATHS

  • Anna Lea Donaldson who worked at Hardin Simmons University and Abilene Public Library died in January.
  • Nancy Ann Dillard Franklin, the first TLA Small Community Librarian of the Year, died at her home in Mt. Calm on March 1, 2011.
  • John Garrett, of Garrett Book Company, passed away last November.
  • Jan Hughes, community activist and a driving force behind the Texas Book Festival, passed away last month.
  • Past TLA President Ray Curtis Janeway passed way on Sunday, February 27, 2011, just short of his 95th birthday.
  • Lois Kroeker of Levelland died June 28 of last year.
  • James O. Wallace, longtime TLA member and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, passed away this past month.
  • Heartsill Young, a longtime faculty member and assistant dean of the UT Library School, passed away in January.
Created on Apr 4, 2011 | Last updated April 05, 2011