TLACast • Volume 31, No. 1 • March 2012


FOR MORE INFO: Be sure to check out TLA’s Conference Overview on TLA 2012 activities and services. Keep up with the latest conference news and developments by checking out the TLA conference blog.


Diamond Level
BWI/Follett Library Resources

Platinum Level
Baker & Taylor
Bound to Stay Bound
Knovation (netTrekker)
Mackin Educational Resources

Gold Level
H-E-B Read 3
Media Source

Silver Level
Brodart Company
EBSCO Information Services
Lee & Low Books

Bronze Level
ABC-CLIO/Linworth Publishing
Escue & Associates
Perma-Bound Books
Star Book Sales

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TLA 2012

This year’s annual conference offers over 300 sessions, events, programs, and training opportunities covering all areas of interest to library staff and lay supporters. The topics selected for TLA 2012 reflect the library community’s interest in

  • learning the latest technology trends;
  • finding out the most current research in delivering quality instruction and information services;
  • exploring best practices in management, leadership, and career development;
  • discovering what’s working today to promote the value of library services and increase budgets;
  • getting hands-on training in library-related technology and applications; and
  • participating in the profession-wide discourse on the hot trends and topics (such as e-publishing, copyright and privacy, and social media) shaping our practice.

As a reminder, the full conference program schedule was published in the winter issue of TLJ and is available online, with a list of any scheduling changes. Be sure to take your winter and spring issues with you to conference.

Program Highlights

General Session I: Brad Meltzer

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer is serving as this year’s Honorary Chair and spokesperson for National Library Week 2012. A true advocate for libraries, Meltzer had recorded PSAs for library funding as well as on the role of libraries in education and assistance in job seeking activities.

He is the author of The Inner Circle, The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate, and The Book of Lies. His first non-fiction book, Heroes for My Son, is a collection about inspiring people ranging from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. His works are a combination murder and historical mysteries. His research has been facilitated by former Presidents Clinton and H.W. Bush.

His plots have included finding the murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel and uncovering the still-existent spy ring created by George Washington. Not surprisingly, this fertile mind was recruited by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways terrorists might attack the U.S. In addition to his literary work, Meltzer also manages a charitable website

General Session II: EBooks/ ERevolution

On February 10, 2012, Penguin Group USA informed
stakeholders that it was restricting library access to eBooks.

Few topics are of greater concern today than the impact of the eRevolution on libraries. The demand for eContent is greater than ever before, but libraries face some tough delivery challenges: the refusal of several large publishers to offer library-friendly eBook access models, the perennial difficulty of meeting the needs of both the tech haves and have-nots, and reconciling the profession’s capacity with public expectations.

Quite simply, every librarian and library advocate must be aware of the challenges we face as we are all being called up for action. And more often than not, we are increasingly finding ourselves questioned about the future of our collections, services, and institutions.

Librarians and library supporters are invited to attend this timely conference-wide event: General Session II (Thursday, April 19, at 4 pm) will feature ALA President Molly Raphael and Library Journal Movers and Shakers Eli Neiberger and Richard (Ric) Hasenyager. International library expert Stephen Abram will moderate the event. Library Journal has named Abram one of the top 50 people to influence the future of libraries. Known as much for his humor as his provocative insight, Abram never fails to energize and elevate his audience with bold and innovative thinking.

  Important Program Changes

New York Times bestselling author Judy Blume discusses the 40th anniversary of the Fudge books. Note change in program time: Wednesday, April 18, 2-3:50 pm (was previously scheduled on Thursday at 8 am)

Robie Harris addresses the need for honesty in books, particularly in those works for young children. Note change in program time: Wednesday, April 18, 10:15-11:50 am (was previously scheduled on Wednesday at 2 pm).

 TLA’s Exhibit Hall

With one of the world’s largest library tradeshows, TLA offers attendees unparalleled access to the companies that supply the resources, content, and equipment to run libraries. With hundreds of companies exhibiting at TLA, the Exhibit Hall is a must stop shop for attendees! You can start today checking out 2012 exhibitors through TLA’s online Buyers Guide.

There will be plenty of “Rejuvenation 4 Librarians” throughout the hall with park benches, lounges, cafès, and coffee bars.


Hands On Labs will take place in HPL’s Mobile Discovery Labs at Discovery Green, right in front of the convention center. Thanks to HPL’s generosity in allowing TLA to use its mobile lab, Hands On training will be available this year at no cost to participants.

Battledecks is a popular competition in which speakers give five-minute presentations on humorous slides they’ve never seen before – an absolute fun and instructive way of honing your presentation skills either as a participant or audience member! Wednesday, April 18, 2 pm.

Geocaching: For the first time ever, TLA will host a conference-long Geocache Challenge. Find hidden treasures as you learn about the craze that libraries and other organizations are using to attract and teach people of all ages! The Geocache Challenge Table in the Exhibit Hall foyer, near Hall C entrance, has the rules and instructions (bring your own GPS units or apps). The first 250 players to find all ten caches hidden in and around the convention center will receive commemorative pathtags. All players who find at least seven of the ten will be entered into a prize drawing to be held on Friday morning. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to find hidden containers, called geocaches, and then share your experiences online. Anyone with a GPS can play. There are 1,612,911 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. A prize drawing will be held on Friday morning at 10 am at the Geocache Challenge Table.


The Welcome Party and Exhibits Grand Opening will kick off conference with a fun and productive start. This is our first ever welcome party in the Exhibit Hall. You asked and we delivered. Be sure to take advantage of the extra hours shopping and learning about new products and services offered by our exhibitors. Network with colleagues and start on your geocaching challenge! Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

President’s Party: Hang out at “Jeri’s Speakeasy” and relive the heady days of flappers and Prohibition. Bring your “glad rags” – zoot suits, fedoras, flapper dresses, long pearls, and feather boas (some items can be purchased at the TLA Store) – to contribute to the 1920’s speakeasy theme. We’ll indulge in signature cocktails, learn a classic Roaring 20’s dance, and gamble at casino tables for chances to win prizes at the end of the night! Wednesday, April 18, 8 pm.

Evening with the Authors serves up a delectable mix of literature at the beautiful and newly remodeled HPL Julia Ideson Building. Houston Public Library docents will lead attendees on tours of the beautiful reading room, gallery, and exhibits from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Appetizers and a mock cocktail will be available before dinner. Authors include Deborah Crombie, Chitra Divakaruni, Steven Fenberg, Cathy Maxwell, and Lynda Rutledge. Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm (ticketed event)


2012 TLA Mobile App QR CodeConference Mobile App: Build your personal schedule, keep up with conference news, shop the exhibits now, and link up with friends - you can do all of this after downloading the TLA 2012 Conference mobile app. Point your mobile web browser to http://, search for "TLA 2012" in your device's app store, or scan the QR code. There are native app versions for iOS (iPhone, iPod, or iPad) and Android (phone and tablet), plus mobile web versions for all other web-enabled devices. Receive real-time updates to sessions and author events. It will also offer Twitter and photo stream for conference-related events, exhibitor information, and show documents.

Conference Previews! Wondering whether to attend a particular program at the 2012 Conference? Check out these teaser trailers of assorted speakers, authors, and contests! Go to

Blood Drive: In TLA's campaign to give back to our communities, we will be hosting a blood drive at conference. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will set up a special area on the third level of the convention center on Wednesday, April 18, from 12:30 – 5:00 PM and Thursday, April 19, from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM for donors who want to offer hope and a chance for life to those in need. Additional information, including a sign-up sheet, will be posted on the TLA conference website by March 15.

Young Professional – New Generation Librarians attending the TLA Annual Conference are invited to a reception in the suite of TLA President Jerilynn A. Williams at the Houston Hilton. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., young professionals from academic, public, school, and special libraries will have a chance to talk among themselves about issues they face, opportunities for career advancement, and ways to become involved in TLA. The discussion will be facilitated by Meller Langford. Beer, wine, and light refreshments will be served.  To help us prepare, please let Pat Smith ( know if you are interested in attending this reception or participating in future activities.

TLA Placement Center

The TLA Placement Center provides services to job seekers including resume critiquing, presentations on interviewing and job search skills, and the Placement Center online service. All registered conferees may use the Placement Center (Located in Exhibit Hall D ) as either prospective employers or job seekers. The Placement Center hours are: Tuesday, April 17: 11 AM – 5 PM; Wednesday, April 18: 10 AM – 5 PM; Thursday, April 19: 8 AM – 5 PM; AND Friday, April 20: 8 AM – NOON. Through the Placement Center online service, job seekers can view open positions and post their information to be viewed by employers.

Resume Critiquing Service: Job seekers may bring their resumes to the Placement Center to be reviewed by experienced library administrators. Resume reviewers will offer advice on overall resume presentation and content. Reviewers can best offer advice in their area of library specialization (academic, public, or school libraries). Resume critiquing is available at the following times*:

  • Academic Libraries:
    Tue, April 17: 11 am – 1 pm; Thu, April 18: 10 am – 12 pm; Fri, April 20: 11 am – 1 p
  • Public Libraries:
    Tue, April 17: 11 am – 1 pm; Wed, April 18: 11 am – 1 pm; Fri, April 20: 10 am – 1 pm
  • School Libraries:
    Wed, April 18: 3 pm – 5 pm

*Additional times for resume critiques are still being added. Check at the Placement Center for more information.Presentations for Job Seekers

Wednesday, 4/18

Secure Your Career (10 am to 12 pm): Author and job search expert Rick Gillis will present a powerful look at how job seekers and the currently employed can best position themselves to find and keep a job. Topics to be covered include resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies, and marketing yourself to employers.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Interview (1 pm to 2 pm): Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator from the University of Houston Libraries, will present advice on acing library job interviews. 

Thursday, 4/19

The Real Secret to Finding a Job (10 a.m. to 12 noon): Author and job search expert Rick Gillis will present on job search strategies for the new graduate.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Interview (2 pm to 3 pm): Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator from the University of Houston Libraries, will present advice on acing library job interviews. 

Speaker Biographies

Damon Camille is the training, assessment, and statistics coordinator for the University of Houston Libraries. He has over 30 years’ experience in academic and medical library administration. He has presented extensively on training and assessment in libraries, resume writing, and interview techniques. In his role at the UH Libraries, Camille coordinates librarian interviews and has seen and helped to evaluate hundreds of interviewees. Camille  has presented and led webinars for the Texas Library Association. His articles have appeared in publications such as Texas Library Journal, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, and The Bottom Line, among others.

Rick Gillis is a pioneer of the 21st Century job search. He regularly presents his job search and transition planning methods on radio and to professional associations across the country. Gillis has been noted and quoted in The Wall Street Journal,, The Houston Chronicle,,, and USA Today College, and has been heard on NPR and radio stations across the country. He is the author of several job search books, including The Real Secret to Finding a Job? Make Me Money or Save Me Money! and the forthcoming Job! Three Steps to Your Next.

For more information on the TLA Placement Center, please visit the conference website at


Texas Library Conference Literacy Award 2012

Better World Books collects and sells books online and helps fund literacy initiatives worldwide through its discards and donations program. A percentage of every sale from a library’s surplus stock goes back to that library. To date, Better World Books has raised over $11 million for literacy and education, donated more than 6 million books, supplied over $200,000 in grants, and reused or recycled over 70 million books.  

Better World Books will be awarding a $1,000 literacy award to a Texas literacy program at the Texas Library Association Conference in April and is currently accepting applications from Texas literacy programs. TLA attendees will help determine the recipient of the award by stopping at booth # 1906 to read about the top four programs in the running for the literacy award. Attendee votes will determine which library receives the $1,000 grant. To learn more about grant opportunities, go to Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 LEAP Program, and the deadline is April 9, 2012.

School Librarian Advance CE Initiative

TASL and TLA have partnered to develop an intensive and high quality continuing educational experience for school librarians. The goals of this program are to:

  1. Increase the ability of school librarians to develop highly collaborative instructional programs that are TEKS related and improve collaboration between school librarians and teachers.
  2. 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)

Dr. Mary Long is serving as the project coordinator and is working in concert with TASL and Project task force chairs Marty Rossi and Mary Woodard. Long is completing development of this interactive educational curriculum for school librarians that will be available as online learning modules.

Preliminary List and Description of Modules

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.

  • i-DO-lead: Find the leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table.
  • i-DO-collaborate: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use.
  • i-DO-manage: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program.
  • 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.
    • i-DO-tech: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert that skills into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and learn to become recognized for you technical leadership.

This series of advanced training for school librarians will be available starting this summer, via TLA’s online CE program.

TLA 2012 Elections Now Open

If you have not already voted this year, we invite you to cast your ballot in this spring’s TLA election process. Members can vote for candidates for the TLA Executive Board, bylaws issues, and candidates in any units with contested slates that are participating in the TLA online voting process.

Voting will be open through March 23. Please remember that TLA uses an unbiased third-party election company, SBS, to conduct its elections. To preserve voting integrity, TLA does not now track which members do/do not vote nor how they cast their vote.

All members eligible to vote (those who renewed their 2012 membership by February 1) should have received an email with voting instructions and login credentials from the election company, SBS. If you did not receive that email or need your login credentials resent, please contact the company directly

To view information about candidates, see TLA Elections Candidate Background.

CE Corner

TLA is planning several webinars over the coming months.  Visit for details and registration information. CPE credit will be available for these webinars. Presenters and topics include:

  • John Huber – Lean Library Management
  • Ron Pollock – Finding a job, keeping a job
  • John Sandstrom – Diversity in Collection Development
  • Julie Todaro – Grantwriting

Support Federal Funding for Libraries!

Appropriations season is now underway in Washington DC. It’s crucial that you call your U.S. Representative today and ask him or her to sign two separate “Dear Colleague” letters that support funding for libraries

 One letter, found here, supports funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant in FY13. This grant is crucial because at least half of it would go to low-income school libraries to help update their books and materials.

The other letter, found here , supports funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in FY13. LSTA is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget.

For more information and talking points visit the Legislative Action Center. You will also be able to find your representative’s phone number simply by typing in your zip code.

Please call your representative by March 14 to ensure that they can sign on to these important letters. Make sure Congress knows how important libraries are to your community!

Library News

APL’s Families of the Year

Every year, the Amarillo Public Library honors families that use library services.  The Families of the Year program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes the important role libraries can play in family life.  Each of APL’s five libraries nominates one family that makes use of the library as a family, visiting the library together, and using a wide variety of library materials and services.

This year’s honorees include: Garland/Petty Family (Downtown Library), Faye Schmidt & Amanda Lewis (East Branch), Villarreal Family (North Branch), Kreusel Family (Northwest Branch), and Beck Family (Southwest Branch). Library Director Donna Littlejohn says the program recognizes all kinds of families who place a high priority on education and family time.  “The Amarillo Public Library offers so many services that improve and enhance the quality of life for those citizens who take advantage of them,” says Littlejohn. 

Families of the year is sponsored by Friends of the Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo Globe News, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and by the Amarillo chapter of American Association of University Women, a national organization dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research

Wellness Symposium

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting a free Workplace Wellness@Your Library Symposium on Friday-Saturday, 23-24 March 2012. The Symposium will take place in the School of Information quarters, 1616 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas. This event is supported by a Year 1 Regional Symposium Award with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health.

The Symposium offers seats for 75 interested librarians. Attendees will represent libraries that have initiated workplace wellness programs as well as libraries that would like to start a program. The School asks that attendees register to better-manage room occupancy and event needs.

Registration will close when 75 applications have been received. Registration information, including a form (which should be sent to, is available at:

La Joya ISD Jumpstarts Literacy Campaign

La Joya ISD is committed to ensuring every child in the district reads. On Saturday, January 28, 60 students, along with school board members and staff members, climbed atop a 35-foot parade float to jumpstart the district’s “La Joya ISD loves to Read” campaign at the 75th Annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade in Mission.

The district’s cabinetmakers constructed five foot wooden books that were then covered with vinyl replicating eight popular children’s books, including Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Curious George. The float was dressed in full Mardi Gras colors, which was the overall theme of the parade. The float was created and decorated by a committee of staff members who worked tirelessly to make sure that the district’s vision was showcased.

One student from each campus was chosen as a top reader and invited to participate in the parade. Each student was given a book and a shirt that included the “La Joya ISD loves to Read” logo. Students also donned Mardi Gras masks and beads as they waved at the onlookers throughout the three-mile parade. Dancers from La Joya High School accompanied the float down the path and danced to Cajun music as the attendees looked on and joined in on the excitement.

La Joya ISD was awarded a 3rd place ribbon in the general theme category and was hailed as one of the best in the entire parade that included over 150 floats.

Federal Benefits to Go Electronic

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that all federal benefits will be paid electronically. Anyone applying for federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method at the time they apply for their benefit, while anyone currently receiving paper checks must switch by March 1, 2013. People already receiving benefit payments electronically do not need to take further action. They will continue to receive their payment as usual on their payment date.

This change makes it more important than ever organizations to encourage people to sign up for electronic payments now.

  • Bank or credit union account option: Americans can sign up for direct deposit of their benefit payments directly into their checking or savings account by going to, calling (800) 333-1795, or visiting their local bank or credit union.
  • Prepaid debit card option: The Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card is a prepaid debit card that provides a safe, low-cost alternative to paper checks for federal benefits payments. Funds on the Direct Express® card are FDIC-insured (up to the legal limit). Cardholders can make retail purchases, pay bills and get cash back. No bank account or credit check is required. To sign up for the card, or to learn about its fees and features, people can go to, call (800) 333-1795, or contact their federal agency.

People who do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013, or at the time they apply for federal benefits, will receive their payments via the Direct Express® card so they will not experience any interruption in payment. The Treasury Department’s Go Direct® campaign provides free materials to help information professionals share this important information. For more details or to order free materials, visit

Names in the News

  • David Carlson, professor and dean of library affairs for Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be the new dean at Texas A&M University Libraries beginning July 1, 2012.
  • Wendy Clark, formerly of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has moved to the Texas Information Resource Network.
  • S. L. Fuller has retired from Perma Bound. Alicia Trader and Barb Swanson are now the company’s representatives.
  • Pat Hawthorne left Texas State University and is now director of library organizational development and human resources with Emory University Libraries.
  • Corinne Hill, former interim director of Dallas Public Library, accepted the position of library director at Chattanooga Public Library.
  • Dawn Krause, continuing education manager for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has announced that she will be moving to Manhattan, Kansas.
  • Jo Ann Oliphant had retired from Victoria Public Library.
  • Former UT LIS dean Roberta Shaffer is now associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress.


  • David Baucom of Library Design Systems died last fall.
  • William H. J. “Bill” McGhee died last month.
  • Bettye Wingate passed away in January.
Created on Mar 6, 2012 | Last updated March 14, 2012