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Legislative Session

The 83rd Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 8th. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and Speaker Joe Straus met recently to discuss priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session.  The state leaders expressed their commitment to budget transparency and the conservative fiscal policies that have made Texas a national leader in job creation and prosperity, according to a joint press release. They also reiterated their focus to address the growing demands on our state’s infrastructure, strengthen education for our skilled workforce, and provide tax relief for Texans. 

Some of these priorities will require state funding which may be available, according to the latest revenue projections issued by Comptroller Combs. In her biennial revenue estimate for 2014-15, lawmakers will have an $8.8 billion surplus and the Rainy Day Fund is expected to balloon to $11.8 billion.

Both the House and the Senate have released their respective versions of the working draft of the state budget for 2014-2015.  This working draft forms the basis for the funding committees to begin budget deliberations. These drafts maintain the State Library budget at its current (2012-13) level. The library community must advocate for the committees to add funding to the State Library’s budget as requested in the agency’s Legislative Appropriations Request and exceptional items listing (i.e., the State Library’s proposed budget for the next biennium).

Senate Finance Hearing Set: The Senate Finance Committee is expected to begin budget hearings in late January. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is currently scheduled to appear before the Committee on February 5 to present its proposed Legislative Appropriations Request (i.e., budget). The hearing will start at 8 am in E1.036.

Anyone wishing to travel to Austin to testify in support of funding for libraries should contact Gloria Meraz ( immediately. 

Library supporters are urged to contact their own senators, especially if they serve on the Finance Committee.  Please ask your senator to promote funding for libraries by approving the State Library’s Exceptional Items Requests. (See Library Issues below for more details.) To find out who represents you, go to:!

Library Issues – Funding! 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 (i.e., request for additional funds) for library programs.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 last session. The partial restoration of state funds will help deploy the workforce and educational resources Texans have come to rely upon.

Without a reinstatement of state funds, the State Library may be unable to make a successful case to the federal government for a continuation of crucially needed federal dollars for Texas libraries.  Because of the state cuts last session, Texas may lose up to another $9 million in federal funds in 2015! We need these funds to support TexShare, library programming, and interlibrary loan.


HB 374 (Guillen) – Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Laredo) has introduced HB 374 which gives certain development corporations the option of undertaking projects to support community libraries. This proposed legislation was filed last session and passed the House. The session concluded, however, before the bill could clear the Senate. The library community is grateful to Rep. Guillen for his continued support of this issue and libraries.

   LIBRARY VIRTUAL ACTION DAY   February 12, 2013

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 throughout the session. So, while we will not have Legislative Day with statewide library delegations in Austin on one day in February, 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.

This 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 needs 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 ( by February 1 for more information.

Resources at

Speaking Out for Libraries: A Free Webinar on the 83rd Legislature - Monday, February 4, 2-3 pm

With Susan Mann, TLA Legislative Committee Chair and Director of the Hillsboro Public Library; Gloria Meraz, TLA Director of Communications; and Marty DeLeon, TLA Policy Analyst.

The Legislature is now making decisions about funding that will affect you and your community. Join TLA’s legislative team for an update on proposed state funding and policies for library. Learn what you and your supporters can do to make a successful case for state support of library services. The webinar will also cover strategies for participating in TLA’s Virtual Library Action Day on February 12, 2013.  Bring your questions, ideas, and enthusiasm!

  Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth  

Library supporters now have access to two exceptional resources to aid in making the case for support of libraries.

1. State Library Releases ROI Study

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has released a study showing that in 2011 the economic benefit from Texas public libraries totaled an astounding $2.407 billion, while collectively libraries cost less than $0.545 billion. The return on investment was thus $4.42 for each dollar invested.

The study was prepared for TSLAC by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Texas at Austin and is available at for immediate review and dissemination. Highlights include financial statistics, a survey of Texas public library directors, and case studies.

The study draws largely on two quantitative analyses: one of Texas public libraries as business and organizational entities and the other of services rendered. Research found that libraries produced $1.043 billion in local economic activity. The service analysis examined the circulation of books and other media; access to public computers and the Internet; educational programs; and other services that produced an estimated total of $1.364 billion. Combining the two analyses yielded an economic benefit of $2.407 billion.

2. Advocacy Toolkit Released

TLA Public Relations and Marketing Committee Chair Julie Todaro has completed Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth: A Realistic, Concrete Approach. This toolkit offers both a realistic perspective for examining and forming success advocacy strategies and proven, doable methods for achieving positive results.

From reviewing, shaping, and selecting the data and information you need to match the right situation and decision-maker to secrets for persuading others, the toolkit provides library supporters with a workable framework that can be created step-by-step.

The publication also provides an extensive list of resources. Both the toolkit and the State Library’s ROI study will be further explored during the TLA Conference in Fort Worth.

Hot links to library advocacy resources

TLA Conference 2013

We all know that the 2013 TLA conference in Fort Worth, April 24-27, will feature great authors, library experts, and programs. The savvy community of Texas librarians, library staff, and library supporters relish making TLA a focal point of their professional calendar every year.

This year, the TLA conference allows our community to return to Fort Worth for the first time in almost 15 years. From the Kimball and Amon Carter museums to the Stockyards and Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth offers an amazing range of activities, attractions, and experiences.

TLA’s intrepid team of conference planners is pushing information on these venues as well as the hot happenings at the TLA conference. Whether you’re a Twitter, Facebook, blogger, or other social media fan, information with the latest news is being sent out.

Soon, conference previews videos will be available. You’ll hear more news about conference meet-ups and have your chance to talk with TLA’s Roving Reporters onsite. Here’s a quick list of how you can start getting the edge on conference news.

Conference Information

A special event for newcomers into the profession will be hosted by TLA President Sherilyn Bird.

Young professionals attending the TLA Annual Conference are invited to a reception at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.  Scheduled for Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., young professionals will have a chance to talk among themselves about issues they face, opportunities for career advancement, and ways to become involved in TLA.  Light refreshments will be served.

TLA Conference Fun Facts Survey

As part of TLA's centennial conference in Fort Worth, April 24-27, 2013, the TLA Executive Board invites you to share your favorite Texas Library Association conference memories and fun facts. TLA will unveil a series of top 10 lists relating to TLA conferences past in the weeks leading up to conference.

The TLA Executive Board has developed 10 categories of trivia and fun, and we ask you to submit your entries. These experiences can either be personal events you experienced or they can be public happenings. We will post the submissions on a separate survey and let the membership vote on favorite entries. Think of the David Letterman Top 10 List for TLA conferences!

Please feel free to share up to five entries per category. The categories include: favorite conference themes and programs, best speaker lines, “behind-the-scenes” moments, community reaction to local and world events, fun facts, experiences, and funniest moments. The deadline is March 1, 2013. You may also respond multiple times to the survey if you think of other entries to add! Thank you for participating. See you in Fort Worth! Go to TLA Conference Fun Facts Survey.

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. Individuals may use the Placement Center (Located in Exhibit Hall F) as either prospective employers or job seekers. The Placement Center hours are: Wednesday, April 24: 11 am – 5 pm; Thursday, April 25: 10 am – 5 pm; Friday, April 26: 10 am – 5 pm; and Saturday, April 27: 8 am – 2 pm. Through the Placement Center online service, job seekers can view open positions and post their information to be viewed by employers.  Information about the Placement Center can be found on the 2013 Annual Conference site,

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). Continue to check the TLA website for information on Resume critiquing. Please see the list below of currently scheduled programs at conference.

Presentations for Job Seekers

Wednesday, April 24

  • Employment 101: HRSecrets for Job Seekers (3:00 –3:50 pm)
    An experienced HR consultant offers tips on launching a successful employment search. Learn how to best represent yourself to obtain a new position or advance in your current one, deal with a new work environment, and gain an understanding of what employers are seeking in candidates. (Linda Couser Barnette, HR consultant.)
  • Employment 102: HRSecrets for Job Seekers (4:00 - 4:50 pm)
    An experienced HR consultant offers tips on launching a successful employment search. She will cover the employer process of recruiting, interviewing, and selecting candidates, identifying transferable skills, and ways to energize your career. (Linda Couser Barnette, HR consultant.

Thursday, April 25

Ending the Long Wait: Taking an Active and Thoughtful Role in Your Library Job Search (10:15 – 11:50 am)

In an environment where library jobs remain steady but the talent pool continues to grow, demonstrable examples of motivation, thoughtfulness, professionalism, and vision for the future are a must for any library job seeker. Learn how to develop valuable professional experiences and best present yourself during a crucial step in the job hunting process: the interview. (Veronica Arellano Douglas, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Library and Abraham Korah, Cy Fair Campus, Lone Star College.)

Friday, April 26

  • Preparing for Your Application Process
    Learn the first steps in finding the right job for you – matching your skills to a position, learning about an organization, and carefully moving through the many steps of an application. (Julie B. Todaro, Library Services, Austin Community College.)
  • Crafting Your Cover Letter (4:00 – 4:50 pm)
    A cover letter is a critical part of getting the job you want. Learn how to research and use information about the organization where you would like to work, as well as key points about the job itself as you introduce yourself to your potential new boss. (Julie B. Todaro, Library Services, Austin Community College.)

Saturday, April 27

Library Support Staff –Careers of Choice (9:00 am - 10:20 am)

Paraprofessionals support excellence in reference, reader’s advisory, storytimes, customer service, and other library processes. A panel of staff and support staff supervisors discusses how continuing education, networking, and professional development broaden perspectives, skills, and strengths. (Ginger Cary, Fort Worth ISD; Alma I. Castillo, Northwest Branch, Harris County Public Library; and Sara N. Tebes, Irving Public Library.)

TPALS Golf Sponsorships

This year the TPALS Golf Outing is accepting sponsors in order to promote the TPALS organization.  This is a great opportunity for businesses to be recognized and show support for libraries. These donations help to bring together library vendors and librarians in the interest of fostering a better understanding of their mutual needs.

  • $100 – “Tee”PALS   Birdie : Sponsor acknowledged on sign at hole
  • $300 – “Tee” PALS    Eagle: Sponsor acknowledged on sign at hole and at exhibit booth
  • $500 – “Tee”PALS    Hole-in-One: Sponsor acknowledged on sign at hole, at exhibit booth, and on TLA website

Be sure and take advantage of this great opportunity to support Vendors and Librarians! To sponsor, please make checks payable to: Do to the fact that the TLA registration is already on the Web Site please make checks payable to: Brent Quick, 130 Ranger Creek Road, Boerne, Texas  78006.

Membership News

Renew your membership to TLA today and show that we know 2013 is going to be a great year for libraries! Join online by or with a postmark date of February 1st to make your choice for TLA officers in the 2013 election process. Membership in TLA gives you:

  • Discounted registration rates to the TLA Conference – the largest state industry conference directed focused on the needs of librarians
  • Direct access to continuing education programs and CE credits
  • Professional publications, including the Texas Library Journal, and industry news and updates specific to Texas libraries
  • Unparalleled opportunities for leadership development, including the TALL Texans Leadership Institute and service on TLA’s diverse committees and round tables
  • Means to advance your career, make contacts, and work in areas to enhance and showcase your skills to a broad audience
  • Tools to help you extend your professional reach
  • A platform to help shape the future of libraries

New Institutional Benefits: TLA is offering a new benefit package for Institutional Members that includes:

  • Access to GrantStation’s extensive searchable database of funding sources and technical resources for the discounted price of $79 per year.
  • Five complimentary webinars a year for institutional members paying $250 a year and two complimentary webinars a year for libraries paying $100 (classroom projection rights included; however, in order to claim CE credits, individuals must be registered).
  • Ability to utilize purchase orders for all TLA financial transactions.
  • Seventy percent (70%) discount on exhibit booth rentals in the TLA Exhibit Hall to promote your library’s products and services and to recruit prospective employees.
  • These benefits are worth over $1600, which makes the value to institutions over six times more than you pay in dues!

Call for Ambassadors!: For the 2013 TLA Conference, we are introducing a new program called “Colleague Connections.”  This “meet and greet” reception will take place on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. and will give first-time conference attendees a chance to meet the person who has been assigned to help ‘mentor’ them through the ins and outs of the conference programs and exhibits, and everything else in between!  If you are attending the conference this year, and would be willing to help guide a newbie with tips from your own personal experiences and knowledge, please contact Kathy Pustejovsky at

Membership Meet-Up

For the first time ever, TLA will debut a Membership Meet-Up area in the exhibit hall.  Please stop by to read the Twitter Feed; charge your electronic devices; get a drink of water; update your membership records, if necessary; record your testimonial of why you belong to TLA (which will be uploaded to YouTube); check the winners board to see if you have won an exhibitor drawing; and just sit and chat for a few minutes with the membership manager and other conference attendees.

2013 Elections

We invite 2013 members to cast your ballot in this spring’s TLA election process. Members can vote for candidates for the TLA Executive Board and candidates in any units with contested slates that are participating in the TLA online voting process.

Voting will be open from early February 21 through March 29, 2013. TLA contracts with an independent third-party election company, SBS, to conduct its elections. To preserve voting integrity, TLA does not know or track which members do/do not vote nor how they cast their vote.

All members eligible to vote (those who renewed their 2013 membership by February 1 or who submit a mailed form postmarked by that date) will receive 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 at

To view information about candidates, see TLA Elections Candidate Background.  Also, you are invited to view an archived copy (available on the CE page) of the candidates presenting their statements of concerns.

  Grants, Scholarships, & Awards    It is awards season again. Be sure to check the TLA website for information about association-wide awards and unit-level awards. CULD, PLD, and TASL also have stipends available.

Continuing Education Corner

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

TLA Webinars are easy to join. Unless otherwise noted, register by clicking the "CE Registration and Credit Certificates" button at the top of the left hand menu. Webinars are designed to run on most computers but you can also test your system by visiting this link:

Speaking Out for Libraries During the 83rd Legislature - February 4, 2-3 pm, FREE
The Legislature is now making decisions about funding that will affect you and your community. Join TLA’s legislative team for an update on proposed state funding and policies for library. Learn what you and your supporters can do to make a successful case for state support of library services. The webinar will also cover strategies for participating in TLA’s Virtual Library Action Day on February 12, 2013.  Bring your questions, ideas, and enthusiasm!

Presented by Susan Mann, TLA Legislative Chair and Director of Hillsboro City Library; Gloria Meraz, TLA Director of Communications; and Marty DeLeon, TLA Policy Analyst.

i-DO-LEAD course begins: "i-DO-Make-A-Difference" - February 4 and forward, 7-8:30 pm, Special Pricing (this module free to TASL members)
This special course teaches school librarians, a.k.a. teacher-librarians, how to take a stronger leadership role on the campus in order to forge better professional relationships with other teachers and administrators. Each of the five 4-credit hour modules may be taken individually or the entire 20-hour course may be taken at a discount. Additional discounts available to members of TLA and the Texas Association of School Librarians.

Diversity in Collection Development - February 12, 10-11 am; $25 for TLA Members, $55 nonmembers
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.

What is Lean Library Management and how can it help your Library? - February 14, 10-10:50 am; $25 for TLA Members, $55 nonmembers
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."

Lean Techniques to Streamline Your Customer Holds Workflow - February 28, 10-10:50 am; $25 for TLA Members, $55 nonmembers
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.

Best Practices for Dia de los Ninos - February 26, 2-3 pm; $25 for TLA members, $50 for nonmembers

Join Community Programming Librarian Dawn Reyes (pictured left) along with Julie Vela (right) and Maggie Sepulveda (not shown) for a discussion of the best programs, partnerships, marketing, and memorable moments of your Dia de los Ninos event. Bring your ideas and questions to this lively online presentation.

Hosting a Bluebonnet Voting Program in Your Public Library - February 28, 2:30-3:30 pm, FREE
The Texas Bluebonnet Award is not for school libraries only. Attend this webinar and learn how to participate as a voting site at your public library. Webinar participants will learn about organizing and preparing for the vote, attracting potential audiences to participate, programming, and voting procedures.


Texas Bluebonnet Award

Texas Bluebonnet Award voting is underway!   Kids in grades 3-6 are voting for their favorite TBA master list title at participating institutions during the entire month of January.  All ballots must be officially submitted by midnight (CST) on Thursday January 31, 2013. The winning book will be announced on Friday February 8.  Look for the announcement on the TBA webpage, Facebook and Twitter!  The author of the winning title will be presented with the Texas Bluebonnet Award at the TBA Author Session at Annual Conference on Friday April 26, 2013.  For registration info, please visit the TLA website

The Upstart Innovative Programming Award (formerly the Highsmith Library Award) recognizes two libraries ‐ one school and one for all other library types (i.e., public, academic, special) – which have implemented creative marketing projects and/or promotions to enhance their visibility within their service area. Examples include: library web sites, genre promotion, information services, library card sign‐up, or any innovative project. Each library will receive a $1,000 check and a plaque.

Materials must be received by midnight February 15, 2013 either by e‐mail or mail. E‐mail is preferred. For more information, go to:

FW Library Unveils Year-Round Reading Program

In a recent message to her community, Library Director Gleniece Robinson made the following announcement:

For over 40 years, the Fort Worth Library hosted a summer reading program to promote reading, learning and self-improvement. That program succeeded in reaching a large segment of the population, but low literacy remains an obstacle for many people throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Therefore, the library believes the time has come to establish a year-round, community-wide reading program—one that brings together libraries, schools, businesses and community organizations. Strong readers are essential to the city’s future, and strong readers are created by reading 365 days a year.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby have embraced the concept and pledged their support. We are asking you to join us and other community partners as we work together to increase literacy rates, create a highly skilled workforce, decrease school drop-out rates and improve academic achievement

Library Groups Unite on Ebooks

The Texas Library Association, along with all other state chapters and regional library groups, signed on to an ALA statement in opposition to unfair ebook pricing models. The statement highlights that “Libraries, like other consumers, should be free to buy any published e-content at competitive prices, to keep these items in their collection, and to loan them to their patrons. Anything less violates basic democratic principles of a free market, freedom of speech, and equitable access.”

It reads in part, we “oppose the actions by publishers and distributors who set unfair conditions for the sale of e-content to libraries. These conditions include unfair pricing, controlled distribution, restricted ownership, and reduced access of e-content.” The full text can be viewed in American Libraries.

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.

Spreading Awareness on Missing Children

Everyday in the United States, 2,000 children are reported missing. Thousands more are the targets of attempted abductions each year. Of the children who escape abductions, the vast majority (82 percent) must rely on their own knowledge and skills to get away from the would-be abductor.

To address these issues, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is providing free bookmarks to libraries in Texas spreading awareness of child safety issues for the annual Take 25 campaign. The Take 25 campaign encourages parents and adults to “Take 25” minutes out of their day to speak to children about safety in commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day (May 25, 2013). Libraries can also learn how to train in Code Adam (response when a child is reported missing on-site) or to display missing children posters of children from their region.

To order your free bookmarks, email the Texas Regional Office at or call (512)465-2156. Also, you can go to to see more child safety materials available during Take 25 to libraries and other organizations.

StoryCorps @ Your Library

StoryCorps @ your library (SCL), is a two-year program created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership withStoryCorps, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, designed to encourage multi-format public programming on broad themes of oral narrative, and local and family history that may be tailored to specific locales, holidays, or heritage months. This project will serve public libraries as they seek to expand their influence and capital in their communities by connecting them with the powerful resources and branding available through a StoryCorps partnership.

Following a competitive application process, ALA and StoryCorps will select ten pilot sites, determined by their level of interest and ability to successfully carry out the project, with an eye toward geographical and demographic diversity.

Libraries chosen to participate will receive a $2,500 stipend, promotional support materials, professional recording equipment, in-person training for library staff and volunteers, and tools to offer their patrons a fully facilitated StoryCorps interview experience as well as access to significant StoryCorps edited content. The application is now available at

New Grants for Small Community Libraries

The Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation is offering grants to public libraries serving communities having a population of less than 50 thousand people.  Projects are reviewed for the level of educational contribution to the community.  Funding will not be considered for normal operating expenses, salaries or employee benefits.  Applications may be downloaded at

  • Contact Information: Joan Whitcomb (, Trustee; P.O. Box 878, Columbus, Texas 78934
  • Size of Grants: Average: $2,000 to $40,000
  • Deadline:  June 15, 2013
  • Restrictions/Limitations: Texas State Library Accreditation

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.

“Literacy is essential in democracy and what a diverse country we are,” said Día founder Pat Mora. “Those of us lucky enough to be readers and wanting to share bookjoy can help link all children to books, languages and cultures through Día, day by day, día pro día. Promote your April Día celebration on this helpful ALSC registry. Help illustrate and generate Día excitement nationally.”

Libraries can register at the Día website, where ALSC also offers a resource guide, booklist and logos for download.

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

Names in the News

Names in the News

  • Jill Bellomy, the librarian at Highland Park Middle School (Dallas) will receive one of four prestigious scholarships given by Texas Woman’s University. Bellomy’s scholarship is sponsored by Geraldine “Tincy” Miller.
  • Sue Compton is retiring as director of the Flower Mound Public Library.
  • Mary Jo Giudice is the new director of the Dallas Public Library.
  • Kaye Lenox retired from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. 
  • Mark McFarland has moved from his position as director of the Texas Digital Library to assume a new role with the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Alicia Salinas is retiring from the Alice Public Library after 45 years
  • Mary Taggart Sikes is the first ever community engagement specialist for the Fort Worth Library.


  • Danny Jones, a retired librarian who worked at the Texas Biomedical Institute, died January 18, 2013.
  • Tim Judkins, who retired from UT Southwestern in 2004, passed away on April 2, 2012.
  • Charles McAfee, long time library supporter, died January 13 in San Antonio.
Created on Jan 24, 2013 | Last updated January 24, 2013