TLACast • Volume 31, No. 4 • December 2012


Conference Information

  • An overview of topics such as conference resources, policies, shuttle bus service, post-conference resources, Internet Room and TLA Store hours, Exhibit Hall features and regulations, and local phone numbers
  • A list of attending authors
  • Forms for housing and the book cart drill team competition
  • Links to TLA social media and the conference blog
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Membership: It’s That Wonderful Time of the Year

TLA members were born optimistic! We are not in the least bit worried about the winter solstice and dire predictions about the end of the world. Prove to all the cynics that we believe in the future!

Renew your membership to TLA today and show that we know 2013 is going to be a great year for libraries!

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Annual Conference

Advocacy and promotional activities will take center stage at the annual TLA conference in Fort Worth, April 24-27, 2013. With three general session speakers – J.R. Martinez, Dan Ariely, and Neil Gaiman – the 2013 conference (the association’s 100th conference!) offers an expanded schedule of programs and activities.

Of course, you’ll want to take time to visit TLA’s famous Exhibit Hall, where hundreds of corporate partners and industry representatives will be available to show you the latest in technology, trends, tools, resources, and (of course) books and informational content!

The mainstay of the TLA conference is the extraordinary talent of speakers. TLA’s teaching conference offers hundreds of sessions and learning opportunities from experts. Featured speakers this year include David Lankes, Buffy Hamilton, Joyce Valenza, José Aponte, Jamie LaRue, Mike Eisenberg, Gary Strong, Jim Self, Tony Diaz, Andrew McCarthy, Nia Vardalos, and Chris Haley.

The full schedule of programs and events will be mailed to TLA members as a special winter edition of the Texas Library Journal. For additional conference information including live registration, go to the TLA 2013 conference site.

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth!

Centennial Fun Facts

With TLA hosting its 100th conference in Fort Worth in 2013, the Executive Board would like to learn about some of your favorite TLA conference memories. TLA will “unveil” the top 10 list in each of 10 categories in the weeks leading up to conference. We’ll gather your responses in the categories listed below and let members vote on them in a special survey to be posted in early February.

So start thinking now, and be sure to visit the TLA conference website beginning on January 15 to share your favorite conference memories.

Drum roll, please. The categories are…

  1. TLA/members respond to the national, state or local news
  2. “Unplanned happenings” at a TLA conference
  3. Memorable quotes made by speakers during a conference
  4. Best “behind the scenes” moments
  5. TLA trivia –presidents, conference cities, etc
  6. Favorite conference themes and programs from the past
  7. Best media coverage about libraries
  8. Most fun TLA officer/committee experience
  9. Best TALL Texan experience
  10. Funniest conference experience

State Legislative and Policy News

The 83rd Legislative Session is approaching quickly. With higher than expected sales tax growth, lawmakers this session will have a "surplus" of state revenue in the state budget – about $10 billion more than last session – for state expenditures, including education. Additionally, the Rainy Day Fund is expected to balloon to $8.1 billion by August 2013 due to high oil and gas taxes.  The increased revenue in the state's coffers will be key since lawmakers must still pay the $4.8 billion owed to Medicaid from last session. More state revenue could mean there will not be any more cuts for the 2013-2014 biennium.  Nevertheless, achieving increases to programs will likely still remain a challenge.

When the new session begins, there will be many new faces in the Texas Legislature. The incoming class of the House of Representatives will have 44 new members. In total, at least 50% of the House members will have one session or less experience. The Senate will have five fresh members in its 31-member chamber. Overall, both chambers remain in conservative hands, as Republicans outnumber Democrats 95-55 and 19-12 in the House and Senate, respectively.

Now is the time for library supporters to take charge of advocacy efforts. We need everyone to participate in and lead grassroots activities. State elected officials must hear from constituents back home about the need to support libraries.

Ask your state senator and representative to actively support funding for libraries by voting for library initiatives in the State Library budget and by talking with colleagues who serve on the House Appropriations or Senate Finance Committees.

What We Want

Support of the State Library legislative appropriations request, especially the exceptional items requests (i.e., request for additional funds) for library programs.

  • Shared Digital Content – $9.25 million over the biennium for digital (electronic) materials for all types of libraries. Resources include online homework help, college preparation, research, job searching, career and test preparation, and other assistance in helping people reach their economic goals.
  • Innovation Partnership Grants – $3.4 million/ biennium for training and programming built on local partnerships and innovative practices to advance educational attainment, workforce development, and written and digital literacy.

Why We Need this Funding

  • Texas libraries are struggling since the loss of statewide funding. The partial restoration of state funds will help deploy the workforce and educational resources on which Texans have come to rely.
  • Additionally, without an influx of state funds, the State Library may be unable to make a successful petition to the federal government for a continuation of crucially needed state dollars for Texas libraries. Last session, state cuts to library programs totaled nearly $30 million. Texas may lose up to $9 million more in federal funds in 2015. These cuts will affect every community, school, and institution of higher education in the state.

Legislative Action Day, February 12 – Virtual Advocacy FROM HOME!

This year, TLA is asking supporters to conduct a virtual campaign in support of libraries on February 12, 2013. Rather than hosting a traditional Legislative Day, this year we want to emphasize grassroots action. While some library supporters may opt to come to Austin for in-person visits, the focus on Legislative Virtual Action Day will be to have statewide virtual advocacy occurring within your own community.

It is critical this session to focus on grassroots activities and have advocates make strategic visits at home districts prior to and throughout the session. So, while an actual Legislative Day will not be held in 2013, TLA will offer many opportunities for advocacy and visiting with legislators during strategic times throughout the session.

Participating in Virtual Action Day:

  • Take the time to call your state senator and representative. Tell them about the incredible services your library provides.
  • Make a commitment to get people writing and communicating about critical statewide issues. Organize a letter-writing campaign, tweet-up, and other virtual campaigns and activities to get people talking about libraries.
  • Recruit friends groups, students, faculty, and supporters to join the effort. It is particularly important to have administrators, city or county officials, and parents contact elected officials on behalf of libraries and library users.
Virtual Action Day Activities
Letter-writing campaign   Event at your library
Email campaign   Tweet-up
Facebook campaign   Any combination of these!

The trick is to get as many people as possible in your local community to call, email, write, or post to legislative offices. The purpose of all of these activities is to create communication traffic at legislative offices. Your state senator and representative need to hear from you and hundreds of other local constituents about your desire for them to proactively support library funding initiatives at the State Library!

Still want to come to Austin? If you would like to come to Austin on February 12 and would like to bring fellow supporters, please contact Gloria Meraz ( for more information. And remember, keep up the advocacy throughout the session.

Resources at

Do You Know of a Champion for Libraries?

Great grassroots advocacy begins by having passionate people speaking on behalf of libraries. As librarians and library supporters, you know of many people in your community who support libraries.

Having influential local people in your community willing to talk to decision-makers about the value of your library is at the heart of developing a solid and broad base of support. Who do you know in your community who is influential and is willing to speak for libraries? TLA would like to help you reach these individuals. With your assistance identifying library champions, we can work together to provide them the support to speak out for libraries.

If you personally know of a library champion, let us know! Go to and fill in the information.  Together, we can create a strong statewide network of library champions.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Update

Longtime State Librarian Announces Retirement

State Librarian Peggy Rudd has announced her retirement. Rudd assumed leadership of the State Library in 1999. Her achievements since then have been numerous and representative of the rich, complex challenges facing Texas libraries and archives today.

“We appreciate her long and faithful service to the state of Texas,” said commission chairman Michael C. Waters on behalf of the agency’s board of commissioners. “We all wish her well in her retirement.” He also praised her “skill working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring millions of dollars to Texas.”

Her many accomplishments for Texans and Texas libraries include: shepherding the Texas Heritage Online project, establishing the Loan Star Libraries program, and supervising the successful renovation of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library building. She has also raised the profile of the state’s archives program and enhanced the Talking Book Program, which was recently recognized by the Library of Congress as Library of the Year.

Prior to her tenure at TSLAC, Ms. Rudd worked in libraries for over 20 years, including the Austin Public Library, the Library of Virginia, and the State Library of Florida.

The library community thanks Peggy Rudd for her passionate commitment to Texas libraries and her service to the people of Texas.

Interim Director Named

The Library and Archives Commission has appointed Edward Seidenberg as the agency’s interim director and Librarian, effective January 1, 2013. Seidenberg is currently the agency’s assistant state librarian.

“Ed has been with the Commission for a number of years and is well prepared to serve in this interim capacity,” said Michael C. Waters, commission chairman. “We appreciate his service and look forward to working with him in the coming year as we search for a permanent director and librarian.”

ROI Study to Be Released

The State Library and Archives Commission will soon release a statewide ROI study on public libraries. The study was conducted by researchers at The University of Texas.  The findings reveal that every dollar invested in public libraries in Texas yields an economic impact of $4.42. 

According to State Librarian Peggy Rudd, “The report is an exceptionally strong statement about the specific value of public libraries in the state.” The State Library staff is completing the editing work on the report and will disseminate the work shortly.

 Texas Book Festival Grants

The 2013 Texas Book Festival grant applications and information for public libraries are now available at The organization offers three types of grants: collection enhancement, technology, and literacy. The deadline is January 25, 2013.

Libraries may apply for all three types, although only one application is accepted per building (i.e., branch or central library) for collection grants. A library system (with multiple locations) may apply for no more than four collection enhancement grants. Any library system may submit one application for each of the technology and literacy grants.

All public library directors are encouraged to apply for these important Texas grants. The Texas Book Festival is a champion of literacy and libraries, and TLA offers its ongoing appreciation and thanks to this outstanding Texas institution!

Continuing Education Corner

For additional information including registration, visit TLA's CE site


How to Apply to the TALL Texans Leadership Institute – by Walter Betts and Ted Wanner

January 11, 12 noon - 1pm CST
The TALL Texans Institute is a transformational experience offering insights into your personal leadership and management styles as well as advanced study on strategic planning, advocacy, conflict management, coaching, risk-taking, personal career planning, and more. In a typical year, fewer than half of the applicants to this seminar are accepted. Learn how to craft your answers to the questions on the application form, put your best foot forward, and find the best references to maximize your chances of acceptance into the Institute.

Diversity in Collection Development
– by John Sandstrom

January 15, 10-11am CST
When building a collection, diversity means far more than a few different languages, topics, or political viewpoints. Join us to explore different types of diversity and take a look at some tools to help you develop diverse library collections. John Sandstrom is an assistant professor and acquisitions librarian at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, and previously worked as head of technical services for the El Paso Public Library. He holds his MLIS from the University of Oklahoma (1987) and a master’s in public administration from the University of Texas - El Paso (2010). He also serves on the executive board of the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) and as councilor-at-large on the American Library Association Council. He was named BRLA Librarian of the Year in 2007.

TLA Candidates Forum – moderated by Sherilyn Bird and Susi Grissom

January 16, 4-5pm CST
Candidates for seats on the TLA Executive Board will respond to crucial questions prior to the online election. Learn the platforms and positions of those campaigning for TLA President and Representative-at-Large. There is no charge to participate.

Communicating Clearly and Persuasively: The Right Method for Each Audience – by Julie Todaro

January 17, 11am-12 noon CST
Library managers must communicate with a wide variety of groups, including patrons, boards, city officials, media, vendors, staff, professional colleagues, and the local community. Successful communication can depend on using the right means, methods, themes, and wording matched to specific stakeholder groups. Julie Todaro demonstrates how to select the best ways to reach each type of customer by presenting “don’t,” “do,” and “absolutely do!”  Dr. Julie Todaro is a nationally known consultant and presenter for the Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Association. She is a past president of the Texas Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. She received her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctorate from Columbia University.

What Is Lean Library Management and How Can It Help Your Library? – by John Huber

February 14, 10-11am CST (The second half of this series will be on February 28)
Lean Library Management is a critically important tool to improve customer service and reduce costs. John Huber will share the principles, metrics, and supporting case studies for this new method of “doing more with less.” Huber formed the management-consulting firm of J. Huber and Associates in 1986. Focused on the tools, principles, and concepts of Lean, he has dedicated his career to helping organizations dramatically improve customer service through improved process performance. As a pioneer in the TPS/Lean revolution, Huber has traveled the country assisting more than 100 manufacturing, distribution, retail, and library organizations in transforming their operations. For the library world, he has developed breakthrough ideas, including the holds-label solution and the no-totes delivery solution. Huber is the author of the popularly-received book, Lean Library Management, Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs and Improving Customer Service, Neil Schuman Publishers. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University and holds three U.S. patents.

Strong Libraries, Strong Scores – part one

February 18, 10:00-11:30am CST
The Strong Libraries, Strong Scores Conference, which demonstrates how school libraries can play many critical parts in K-12 education, will be held as a series of interactive webinars over three consecutive Mondays. The new format will allow more people to participate without the expense of travel. The first program will be on the role of librarians for technology integration, from web literacy to critical thinking skills, by educational consultant Alan November. Details on how librarians may invite their administrators to this program will be announced soon.

Strong Libraries, Strong Scores – part two

February 25, 10:00-11:00am CST
The series for school administrators continues with a session on research and curriculum by Sunni Johnson and Mike Blankenship. This program covers the relationship between school administrators and librarians, including the importance of student research, reading programs, and project-based learning.

Best Practices for Día de los Niños – by Dawn Reyes

February 26, 2-3pm CST
As libraries begin planning their Día de los Niños celebrations for April, Dawn Reyes will share her tips for a successful and smoothly-executed event.

Lean Techniques to Streamline Your Customer Hold’s Workflow – by John Huber

February 28, 10-11am cst
John Huber completes his series on Lean Library Management with a case study on the chain of service for delivering new books to library patrons. Most public libraries offer this service, but key factors can mean sustainable efficiency and accuracy…or waste and poor customer service in your technical services department. Learn how to maximize these processes.

Strong Libraries, Strong Scores – part three

March 4, 10:00-11:00am CST
The school administrators’ series concludes with a presentation by Nora Galvan and Lydia Savera on district expectations for campus librarians. This program will include both tips on hiring the best librarian for your school and what to do with librarians who “talk the talk but don’t walk the walk”.


i-DO-Make-a-Difference is a 5-part course intended to promote school librarians and their role as education specialists using the skills and products developed through this special CE experience. This special course helps librarians increase their ability to develop highly collaborative instructional programs that are TEKS related and improve collaboration with teachers. Each of the five modules consists of two 90 minute live webinars combined with study exercises and discussion questions.

Tentative dates for i-DO-Make-a-Difference in 2013:

  • i-DO-Lead – Monday, February 4 and 11: Find the leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table
  • i-DO-Collaborate – Monday, February 25 and March 4: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use.
  • i-DO-Manage – Monday, April 1 and 8: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program.
  • i-DO-Teach – Wednesday, May 1 and Monday, May 6: 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-Technology – Monday, May 13 and 20: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert that skill into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and learn to become recognized for your technical leadership.


Applications for the 2013 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute will be due on January 25. This 4-day retreat will be lead by ALA President Maureen Sullivan and her husband Jack Siggins, newly retired head of the George Washington University libraries. Mentors for 2013 will include TLA President Yvonne Chandler of UNT, the new TLA president-elect (TBD), independent consultant Oralia Garza de Cortes,  Don Dyal of Texas Tech University, Carlyn Gray of Round Rock ISD, and Deborah Halsted of Texas Medical Center libraries. The program teaches leadership and management skills in the areas of strategic planning, building shared vision, advocacy, ethics, coaching and mentoring, conflict negotiation, risk-taking, and personal career planning.

The 2013 seminar will be the 20th year anniversary of TALL Texans. A special reunion/refresher event is being planned from the afternoon of June 12 to the afternoon of June 13 at the Montserrat Retreat Center. Details will be announced shortly after ALA Midwinter (approximately February 1).

Summary, Fall 2012

Who participated this year?

  • Data was submitted for 1608 library facilities including academic, public, school, and special libraries!
  • Information on 10 academic, 80 public, 1504 school, and 13 special libraries was reported.

Average gate count in a day at individual library buildings

  • Academic – 2336
  • Public - 1015
  • School -547
  • Special- 160

Circulation average

  • Academic – 355
  • Public - 1348
  • School - 588
  • Special 80

The Daily Average Is…*

A Typical Day in a Texas Academic Library Counts…

  • 75 faculty members supported by academic librarians’ collaborative efforts.
  • 17 hours a day open for student and faculty use.

A Typical Day in a Texas Public Library Counts…

  1. 300 people attending programs, and over 65 kids sitting in on storytime.
  2. 26 people attending reading or literacy classes
  3. 10 ½ hours a day open for the public

A Typical Day in a Texas School Library Counts…

  • 173 students served every day with assistance on technology, and 270 instructed on curriculum work.
  • 180 students participating in non-curricular activities at the library, and 19 different activities school librarians undertake to assist teachers.
  • 9 hours a day open for students.

*Results above are based on averages as reported by survey respondents.

Examples of Reference Questions

  • How do you negotiate your salary in an interview?
  • I need to get my GED, do you know where I can take classes?
  • Can you help me find a book to use to teach about differences within families?
  • How do I download eBooks?
  • Where can I find a scary DVD movie?
  • I am applying for a job, but they are asking for my e-mail address. How do I get one?
  • I enjoy the Game Day every quarter!
  • I didn’t know y’all had all this.
  • Any leads to “scholarly/academic” sources for non-profit organizations? I have 5 sources from books, but the professor needs published research.
  • Can you help me find an outline for a persuasive speech?”
  • How do I submit applications online for employment?
  • What kinds of foods are good for diabetes?
  • How do auditory and visual learning compare?
  • How do I know what information to use when I Google “cancer?”
  • Where are the Rick Riordan books?
  • In Texas, can you cancel a construction contract within a certain period of time, without reason or penalty?
  • How do I cite a book that doesn’t have an author?
  • Can you help me find a library book about the aging process?

Sample Patron Comments

  • I really wanted to say thank you to the library staff that was so helpful with my job seeking/resume.
  • How can I find out more about the candidates?Who decorated the puppet stage?  It is very nice!
  • I like the fact that you have a coffee shop in the library.
  • My family and I come to the school library every week because my children enjoy checking out the books and taking them home to read.
  • Love interlibrary loan!
  • The library is great but I need you guys to add more Warriors books.
  • As a homeschooling family, we rely on the library’s resources to supplement our work. The librarians are always helpful.
  • I love this library. Staff is great!
  • I’d pay more taxes to keep our library.
  • The library is absolutely the BEST!! Love the building, staff and service!!  Best value for tax money!!
  • Librarian has “patience of a saint” while working w/students.
  • I enjoy coming in to do my homework as I do not have a computer at home or Internet access.

Examples of Programs

  • GED classes and Basic Excel Computer Classes
  • E-Portfolio Training
  • Resources for Professional Organizations in the Virtual Library
  • Teen Read Week Activities
  • Reviewing email account access with fourth graders, netiquette
  • Homework Help Center
  • Adult Book Discussion Group
  • One on one training sessions with people to create an email account and then help them apply for jobs online.
  • Haunted House for kids and teens
  • Our school participated in the nationwide reading for’s Read for the Record Day. 
  • Zombie walk.
  • Book-a-Librarian Sessions, for one-on-one PC and download help
  • We had two Halloween story times for pre-schoolers.
  • Our meeting rooms were used by a homeowners’ association, a healthcare company, and a Girl Scout troop.
  • How to use E-books
  • Database usage and copyright laws.
  • Prime Time Plugged In - community event held to demonstrate all of our digital / online resources to students and parents.
  • Chamber of Commerce Treats for Kids
  • Mystery book club
  • Basics of Excel
  • Lesson on the Holocaust, Diary of Anne Frank, and bullying prevention.
  • Lesson on humor, puns, word play, and inferencing.
  • Mock Election
  • How to cite resources
  • Reading with your child.
  • Introduction to
  • Introduction Glogster
  • Book Club discussions, character analysis, themed poetry writing
  • A 45 minute “Library Orientation”
  • Boy and Girls Club afterschool program in library
  • Live at the Library Musical Concert
  • Spanish Computer Class

Librarian Comments about Snapshot Day

  • Great idea. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to express themselves about the library.
  • Snapshot Day was fun for my school.
  • I think Librarians needs to continue advocating for our profession. Please continue to promote Snapshot Day!
  • Thank you for helping us with our advocacy efforts.
  • I really think this is a good way to unite libraries across the state and help fight cuts not just to libraries, but education in general.
  • This exercise is a great way to remind patrons, staff, volunteers, and support groups what a vibrant role we play in the community!

 Association News

Meet the TLA Candidates Elections

Want to find out more about the outstanding librarians running for TLA office? Join a live webinar on January 16, 2013 from 4-5 pm (CST) to find out what these library leaders see as the future for TLA. They will take questions from the audience. Registration is open from now until midnight on the night before the Forum. There is no charge to participate. To register, click HERE. The archived broadcast will be available on the TLA website.


  • President-Elect: Sharon Amastae and Cindy Buchanan
  • Representative-at-Large: Jennifer LaBoon and Marty Rossi

Renew by February 1, 2013 to be eligible to vote in next year’s TLA elections.

Reading Lists Galore!

Be sure and visit TLA’s reading list page for information about all of TLA’s reading lists.

The Texas Bluebonnet Award List was recently announced. Check out the site for full details.

New: For libraries wanting to know more about TBA. Laura Sheneman has written an article addressing many questions librarians and publishers have about the TBA process and schedule. Check it out!

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, Maribel Castro -

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 2013. 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, Division (CULD, PLD, TASL) and Stipends: Numerous unit awards and stipends are also available. Information is provided at the TLA awards website.


Spectrum Scholars

This year, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is awarding a new round of 50 Spectrum Scholarships. The Spectrum Scholarship Program provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Its mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships.

The 2012 Spectrum Scholars include Texas Students:

  • Rosa Cesaretti, University of North Texas
  • Leonor Mabel Cortina, Texas Woman's University
  • Alicia Diego, University of North Texas       
  • Melissa Floch, University of North Texas   
  • Marcia McIntosh, University of Texas - Austin            
  • Marisa Mendez-Brady (TLA Spectrum Scholar), University of Texas - Austin
  • Maria Ornes, University of North Texas     
  • Saira Raza (Betty J. Turock Spectrum Scholar), University of North Texas      

Established in 1997, the ALA committed resources for 50 annual scholarships of $5,000 a year for Spectrum's first four years. The Texas Library Association is partnering with ALA in support of the program. The Spectrum program continues to fund scholarships through the initial endowment and the generous contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support named scholarships in the Spectrum Family of Funds. For 2012, scholarships have been awarded in honor of the following individuals: Leo Albert, Ron Clowney, Louise Giles, William R. Gordon, Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple and Dr. Betty J. Turock.

Texan is ALA Emerging Leader

Yvonne Stephenson, a graduate student at the School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University in 2013, has been named an ALA Emerging Leader.  Stephenson is also a proud participant in the American Library Association Spectrum Scholar program and is passionate about library outreach programs.

She aspires to serve and lead in promoting library services for underrepresented groups.  The ALA Emerging Leader program identifies individuals entering the library profession who demonstrate potential for leadership and contributions to the profession.

Comptroller Reports on Libraries

A recent issue of the Comptroller’s online newsletter, Fiscal Notes features a story on renovations of libraries using retail space. The article, “From Big Box to Big Books,” highlights the public libraries of Denton, San Angelo, and McAllen. The article was authored by Constance Matheny and Bruce Wright. The piece highlights the economic and cultural impact libraries have on their communities.

Funds available to purchase literacy resources

Through the Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative, the ATPE Foundation provides $1,500 grants to Texas public school libraries to purchase literacy materials and modernize literacy resources. Seven grants will be awarded during the 2012-13 school year. For additional information, visit the ATPE Foundation web site at to view the criteria, guidelines and application form. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2013.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is inviting librarians to register their 2013 El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) programs in the 2013 National Día Program Registry.

By registering their Día programs held throughout the year in the national registry, libraries build a national database that showcases all types and sizes of Día programming. The information will display on the website, in both the map and database format, allowing you to share program information with other librarians and the public interested in learning more about Día programs happening around the country. Libraries that register will also receive Día stickers and bookmarks (while supplies last).

ALSC also is pleased to announce this year’s slogan Día: Diversity in Action. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.

The Día celebration was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the exisiting El Día del Niño with literacy. The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. For more information on Día, please visit

Stories Up

The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, is accepting applications from public libraries and library systems interested in hosting “StoryCorps @ your library” programs. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to ALA, “StoryCorps @ your library” seeks to bring StoryCorps' popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming. Program guidelines and the online application are available at The deadline for applications is January 18.

In February, 10 pilot sites will be selected to receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses;
  • A toolkit of written and Web-based customizable program and promotional support materials;
  • A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record on-site interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project;
  • A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the library site to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques and archiving interviews in StoryCorps’ proprietary database.

Building on earlier planning work supported by IMLS, “StoryCorps @ your library,” will be piloted at 10 public libraries selected from across the country. Local libraries will retain copies of all interviews and preservation copies will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. For more information, visit With questions, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at

Time is Running Out: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service

Seniors, people with disabilities and others who still receive their federal benefit payments by paper check are required by law to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. That’s only a few short months from now. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Go Direct® campaign offers free materials you can use to help spreadthis important message.

To order free materials, contact campaign representative Michelle Kloempken at 312-988-2035 or You can also order materials online:

Librarians are requested to inform check recipients to act now and switch to direct deposit or the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Solution Center at (800) 333-1795 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. For direct deposit, people can also sign up online at or at their bank or credit union.

Names in the News

Names in the News

  • Cecilia Barham is the new director of North Richland Hills Public Library
  • Sherilyn Bird has been appointed to the Prosper Library Board.
  • Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information (iSchool) at The University of Texas at Austin, was inducted as president of the American Society for Information Science & Technology  (ASIS&T) during the organization’s annual meeting in Baltimore on Oct. 31.


  • On September 29, Barry Bishop, TLA president in 2002-2003 and retired director for library information services at Spring Branch ISD, passed away on September 29.  
  • Former Arkansas state librarian John A. (Pat) Murphey died on December 6.
  • Randy Solis, director of the Medina Community Library in Bandera, was killed late last summer.
  • Ruth Ellen Seigfried Wassenich died on Sept 9 in Fort Worth.  She had retired as a librarian from TCU.
Created on Dec 14, 2012 | Last updated February 23, 2013