TLACast • Volume 30, No. 4 • September 2011


Banned Books Week

September 24 – October 1 is national Banned Books Week. This annual event celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Every year, the Texas ACLU prepares a report on the books challenged in Texas public schools. This year’s report will be available on September 24 at the ACLU’s Banned Books project website.

If your library is planning a special event or display on Banned Books Week, please share it with us on our Facebook page.

DISTRICT MEETINGS provide regional settings for presenting continuing education, carrying on legislative activities, and recruiting members. The annual fall meetings also present a great opportunity for local librarians, para-professionals, and trustees from all types of libraries to meet, network, and set a foundation for collaborative efforts.

District 1 • 10/1
Abilene Christian University Library

District 2 • 9/27 
Amarillo Public Library

District 3 • 10/21
Austin Community College

District4 • 11/11
 South Texas College

District 5 TBA
Texas A&M Commerce-Mesquite 

District 6 • 9/24
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

District 7 • 10/6
Denton ISD, Prof. Development Center

District 8 • 10/22
University of Houston-Central

District 9 • 10/1
Midland College

District 10 • 10/15
Texas A&M San Antonio-Library




Diamond Level

BWI/Follett Library Resources
Media Source

Platinum Level

Baker & Taylor
Bound to Stay Bound
Mackin Educational Resources

Gold Level

Davidson Titles
Gale Cengage Learning
Ingram Library Services 

Silver Level

Britannica Digital Learning
Brodart Company
EBSCO Information Services
Lee & Low Books
Polaris Library Systems

Bronze Level

ABC-CLIO/Linworth Publishing
Bloomsbury Children's Books
Escue & Associates
Garrett Book Company
Penguin Young Readers Group
Perma-Bound Books
Renaissance Learning
Rosen Publishing/
PowerKids Press
Sentry Technology Corporation
Star Book Sales
Troxell Communications

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Reads and Treats!
Fall 2011

It’s time to smile and say cheese! TLA will once again sponsor Texas Library Snapshot Day. Our official Snapshot Day is October 31, although libraries can pick any single day in October to gather and submit information. 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 October proved very successful, with hundreds of libraries participating. This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos, and stories to help us show our public and stakeholders the broad range of activities happening in libraries.

Remember, the key is to keep data collection simple and consistent across libraries, across the state, and across the country. You can once again access ready-to-use templates on TLA's Library Snapshot Day website

Join us in welcoming Texans to Library Snapshot Day – because visiting a library makes frighteningly good sense!

What are your taglines?

Spooktacular services at your library during Texas Library Snapshot Day!

Reading Treats at Your Library!

Share your creative flair with us on Facebook by submitting your own Halloween/Snapshot Day tagline. The top three (denoted by the most "likes" on our FB page) will receive a $25 gift certificate to Walmart to buy treats for kids during Library Snapshot Day. The winner will be announced on October 7, so be sure to get your friends to “like” your tagline!

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival (TBF)  takes place October 22–23 on the Capitol Grounds in Austin. Headline speakers this year include the recently retired host of PBS’s NewsHour, author Jim Lehrer (Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain); Susan Orlean, who’s known for The Orchid Thief (Meryl Streep portrayed Orlean in the film adaptation) and has a new book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend; and former Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, author of Tilly the Trickster

The Festival is a celebration of literature, ideas, and imagination. Author panels, children’s programming, and other events are held in and around the Capitol.  Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush and a group of interested volunteers, the annual Festival benefits Texas public libraries and literacy through its library grants and Reading Rock Stars programs. See for more information.

If you would like to volunteer to help staff the TLA booth at the festival, please contact The event offers a fun way of reaching out to reading enthusiasts!



News Flash! The 2012 Conference Program will be mailed as part of the winter issue of Texas Library Journal. This means you’ll get the conference program earlier than ever before!

1001 Great Ideas- A Best Practices Forum

The 2012 Annual Conference Program Committee is looking for librarians who would like the opportunity to present at a new TLA conference event, the “1001 Great Ideas – A Best Practices Forum.” This event will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:00-5:30 PM. “1001 Great Ideas” is designed to offer small table top sessions representing best practices from all types of libraries in an informal, conversational atmosphere. This event will feature more than 50 small programs occurring simultaneously that are geared to give attendees a taste of the current research, projects and best practices in the library field. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and ask questions at as many presentations as they would like to attend during the afternoon. All librarians who have great ideas and examples of best practices are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Submit your proposal describing your presentation by November 1, 2011. Presenters selected will be notified by December 1, 2011.  The online submission form is available on the TLA website at If you have questions about this event please contact: Suzanne Lyons,

Annual Assembly

Almost 400 TLA members gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, July 25– 28, for the association’s Annual Assembly. The meeting provided officers and interested members an opportunity to plan for the upcoming year. Major assembly events this year included the annual luncheon. Rep. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio, who championed restored funding for libraries last session, spoke about last legislature and the financial crisis in Texas.

David Bendekovic, Sandy Farmer, Greg Hardin, Eddy Smith and TLA staffer Mary Ann Emerson offered several continuing education opportunities for attendees. TLA members also participated in special sessions on strategic planning, branding for TLA, and building a platform for library development in Texas. Attendees were also able to attend an evening event on Lady Bird Lake.

Council & Executive Board Actions

Council Actions: The TLA Council met twice during the 2011 Annual Assembly and took the following substantive actions regarding the status of the report of the Task Force on TLA Districts, the 2011-2012 TLA budget, an amendment to the TLA Standing Rules, and the merger of two round tables.

  1. The TLA Council approved changes to the TLA Bylaws and Standing Rules that would implement the recommendations of the Task Force on TLA Districts as approved by the TLA Council in April 2011. Before they can go into effect, several of these changes to the Bylaws and Standing Rules must be approved by the TLA membership in the spring 2012 election.   
  2. The TLA Council approved a resolution honoring Carol Deviney.
  3. The charge to the Public Communications Committee was clarified and amended in Standing Rule 9.0. upon recommendation of the current committee. The Council also approved a name change for the committee back to its former name, the Public Relations Committee.
  4. The minimum entry-level salary for librarians with a master’s degree in library science and/or information science was updated to $40,500, in accordance with the recommendation of the Professional Issues and Ethics Committee.
  5. Resolutions honoring Representatives Rafael Anchìa, Roland Gutierrez, Ryan Guillen, Joaquin Castro, Sergio Muñoz, and Harold Dutton for their support during the legislative session were approved. Senators Judith Zaffirini and Juan Hinojosa were also recognized with resolutions of appreciation for their efforts on behalf of libraries.
  6. The TLA budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 was approved.

Executive Board Actions: The TLA Executive Board met in April, early July, and then twice during the 2011 Annual Assembly in July. In April, the Executive Board accepted the annual audit, approved the goals of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Coordinator, accepted the report of the Task Force on Districts which will be transmitted to Council, and approved the formation of an ad hoc group to review the unit assessment process and calendar. On July 6-7, the Executive Board accepted the 2011-2012 budget, as proposed by the Budget Committee, for action by the TLA Council during Annual Assembly, approved the Budget Committee recommendation regarding a reallocation of investments, and approved the updated policies and procedures manual. During Annual Assembly, the Executive Board approved mentor appointments for the 2012 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute, approved the formation of a Diversity Task Force, and reviewed plans for the 2012-2015 strategic planning process. Additionally, the Board approved a three-year contract with a C.P.A. for the annual audit and tax return with the stipulation that the decision be reviewed annually.

Nominating Committee Report

The 2011-2012 Nominating Committee has nominated the following slate of candidates for the election in the spring of 2012. The candidates are the following (in alphabetical order):


  • Yvonne Chandler, UNT College of Information
  • Ling Hwey Jeng, TWU School of Library and Information Studies


  • Rhoda Goldberg, Harris County Public Library
  • Corrine Hill, Dallas Public Library


  • Doug Ferrier, Texas A&M International University
  • Eddy Smith, Abilene Library Consortium

ALA Councilor

  • Walter Betts, Texas Christian University
  • Richard (Ric) Hasenyager, North East ISD

The members of the Nominating Committee are: Herman Totten (chair), Marsha Saucier, Laura Heinz, Ramiro Salazar, and Deborah Halstead.

Petition candidates must submit a written petition, vita, photo, and statement of concern by December 1 in order to be included on the ballot. The petition must be signed by twenty-five (25) members and must be accompanied by the written acceptance of the nominee.

YART Received Gift for Webpage Development

The Young Adult Round Table (YART) of the Texas Library Association is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5000 gift from Texas author and library supporter, Andrea White. This gift will enable YART to continue to develop a searchable website on which all Texas authors and illustrators can register to share more about themselves and their books with librarians from throughout the state. Librarians will be able to search the site to find authors/ illustrators who live near them for a possible library visit. Librarians will also be able to search the database to see which authors/illustrators might visit their library in person or via the internet for free.  

In addition to this searchable site, YART will begin providing grab-and-go, downloadable programs for 12 Texas authors each year on its TLA website to further encourage partnerships and interactions between Texas librarians and Texas authors/illustrators. This new undertaking, called The Spirit of Texas Program, will have its official launch at the 2012 TLA Conference in Houston. Please make plans to join YART at this event when you attend the 2012 TLA Conference. 

School Library CE Project Manager Sought

The Texas Library Association seeks an experienced certified school librarian to serve as a one-time project manager for a new CE initiative. This project will take place over the next six months. The project manager will facilitate in the design and implementation of intensive learning modules to support high level integration of library instruction into curricular requirements.  The selected project manager will receive a stipend of $10,000. See the full RFP.  

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, Stipends: Apply! Nominate!

TLA Awards

It is awards season again. Be sure to check the TLA website for information about association-wide awards and unit-level awards.

  • Librarian of the Year Award: Recognizes extraordinary leadership or service within the library community within the past 12-18 months.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Recognizes outstanding and continuing service in one or more areas of the library profession.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes an exemplary career in librarianship.
  • Outstanding Services to Libraries Award: Given to an individual or to an organization in recognition of outstanding lay advocacy.
  • Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year Award: Recognizes a project that exemplifies the highest levels of achievement, professional standards, and inspiration to other libraries.
  • Libraries Change Communities Award: Given to a collaborative community effort that recognizes positive achievements and promotes outstanding library-based initiatives in Texas.
  • Benefactor(s) Award: Recognizes substantial donations.

For additional information about submitting nominations, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Susi Parks Grissom –

TLA Scholarships, Grants, and Stipends

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 2012. To apply for any TLA scholarship, grant, or stipend, applicants will need to complete the online application found on the TLA website. Applicants must be TLA members to apply. Scholarship applicants must also be accepted as a graduate student at a Texas ALA-Accredited Library Program.

Questions about the application process should be directed to James Karney (, chair of the TLA Scholarship and Research Committee.

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!

Unit Awards and Stipends

Numerous unit awards and stipends are also available. Information is provided at the TLA awards website.


Grant Awards: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded funds to several Texas institutions. “This year's funding provides scholarships to library staff working in some of the nation's most rural libraries, develops professionals proficient in policy issues surrounding electronic records, trains science librarians to manage the ever-increasing amounts of research data, and helps working school librarians get their master's degrees, just to name a few,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS director. “We know that communities across the nation will continue to reap the rewards of this investment in education for years to come."

University of North Texas - Award Amount: $624,663

Building upon recent IMLS-funded projects at other institutions, the College of Information and the Libraries at the University of North Texas (UNT) will collaborate to build and deliver a post-master's Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Curation and Data Management. In addition to curriculum development, it will also craft an online environment populated with educational tools designed to foster active experimentation and discovery learning on the part of students. Fifteen students will be provided with partial scholarships. In addition, one master's student and three PhD students will receive support for performing grant-related activities.

University of North Texas Libraries - Award Amount: $226,786

The University of North Texas, in cooperation with the Council on Library and Information Resources, proposes a 24-month research project to investigate how the library and information science (LIS) profession can best respond to the emerging needs of universities as they seek to manage the ever-increasing amount of data generated by their faculty, staff, and students.

El Paso Area Libraries Consortium - Award Amount: $500,000

Working with its partners, the El Paso Area Libraries Consortium (EPAL), representing 193 public, school, university, and other libraries, will continue the highly successful librarian recruitment GOAL program in the Trans-Pecos border region of Texas and expand into southern New Mexico, offering two programs. The College Bound Program will provide scholarships to at least 45 students enrolled in a master's or associate's program in library and information science. The Librarian in Training Program will provide scholarship and non-scholarship programs to at least 130 youths and adults as they gain hands-on experience while volunteering in a library.

Names in the News

  • Lisa Charbonnet has accepted the position of library director at Pflugerville.
  • Megan Cooper left Leander ISD to move to Alabama at the beginning of September.
  • The following individuals have been named to the TexShare Advisory Board: Mark Dolive, director of library services at Tarrant County College; Corinne Hill, interim director, Dallas Public Library; and Larry Ringer, former mayor of College Station and vice chair of the Central Texas Library System, Inc., Board.
  • Virginia Mundt, formerly at the Rowlett Public Library, is now the public services supervisor at the main branch of the Mesquite Public Library.
  • Margaret Irby Nichols, a past president of the Texas Library Association, received an Outstanding Alumna Service Award from her alma mater, the University of North Texas.
  • Jo Ann Oliphant will be retiring January 31, 2012 but will continue her work with libraries. 
  • John Pecoraro will retire from Abilene Public Library and BCLS on September 30, and will become assistant director of the Manhattan (KS) Public Library on October 10. 
  • Marci Purcell of Random House is retiring.


  • Lori Bull Dobbs, Collin County law librarian, died in Peru, June 10, 2011, while on a hiking trip with her husband and son.
  • Jean Joicey Fox passed away recently and bequeathed $5000  to TLA’s Scholarship and Research Fund.
  • Betty Kelly (former Farmers Branch director) passed away earlier this summer.
  • Linda Wells passed away recently. 
  • Haven Whatley Toothman, longtime TLA staff member, passed away on August 12.
  • Taylor Willingham died on September 5 in Salado.
Created on Sep 19, 2011 | Last updated September 21, 2011