TLACast • Volume 32, No. 3 • May 2013


2013 exhibit hall

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Legislative Session: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The 83rd Regular Legislative Session concludes on May 27, 2013. At this late stage of the session, most measures that have not been approved by both the House and Senate will not move forward.

The Conference Committee on SB 1 is completing its work finalizing the state’s budget for 2014-15. The Committee opted to accept the higher Senate funding recommendations for funding for the State Library: the base budget plus $7.5 million for Shared Digital Content (cover additional funds for TexShare, K-12 database programming, and e-content), $600,000 for three FTE archivists, and $1 million for repairs to the Sam Houston Center in Liberty. While the Appropriations Bill must still be finalized, the allocations mark a significant increase in funding for the State Library and library programs statewide.

With these recommendations, the State Library will begin the process of implementing the increases for statewide library resource sharing. For the K-12 community, the funding may translate into the opportunity to participate once again in statewide access to library databases. Lawmakers have given approval for a funding model built on the TexShare system. School districts, like public and academic libraries, will be asked to cost-share some of the expense for database access. The great value of the statewide purchasing arrangement through the State Library will mean that districts will be able to access quality resources for a minimal but strategic investment.

Currently, public and academic libraries cost share about 30% of the overall cost of the databases. The fee structure is created by librarians statewide and is based on the size and capacity of individual institutions. So, the less-affluent and smaller institutions pay on a smaller scale. The fee structure as well as the date of implementation for school libraries (probably sometime during the 2013-14 school year) are among the issue the State Library will address once funding is formalized.


To access the language of the bills, go to: and click the bill search radio button and enter the bill number.

  • HB 374 (Guillen):  Allows local development corporations the option of undertaking projects related to community libraries. Bill left pending in Committee on Special Purpose Districts. TLA Supports. Status: failed to clear the committee.
  • HB 693 (Phillips): Allows a city water utility to include a customer donation option for a local library. TLA Supports.  Status: Enrolled (i.e., full passage).
  • HB 1025 (Pitts): Supplemental bill for current biennium; increase state librarian’s salary level. Status: reported favorable out of Senate Finance Committee.
  • HB 1029 (Greg Bonnen)/ SB 286 (Hinojosa): Includes professional educator (definition specifies full-time librarians as specified in the Education Code) as eligible for affordable housing loan program. Status: referred to Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.
  • HB 2127 (Howard)/SB 1055 (Watson): Allows adjunct faculty who are professional librarians to participate in group benefit programs at a public institution of higher education. Status: Passed the House and Senate. Full passage is expected.
  • HB 2519 (Springer): Changes current statute to allow a county commissioners court to refuse to establish a county library even when a majority of voters submit a petition. TLA Opposes. Status: failed to clear the committee.
  • HB 2760 (Branch)/SB 922 (Birdwell, et. al.): Allows Texas Technical State College and Community Colleges to partner for the delivery of technical education, including the sharing of library resources. The statute would remove any statutory barriers that might prevent such collaboration. Status: Enrolled/
  • HB 2902 (Thompson of Brazoria):  allows for the imposition of fines and civil penalties for lost, damaged, or overdue county library property. TLA Supports. Status: Placed on Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar.
  • HB 2826 (King of Hemphill): Extends existing state telecommunications discount from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2020. Status: failed to clear committee.
  • SB 286 (Hinojosa)/ HB 1029 (Bonnen): Includes professional educator (definition specifies full-time librarians as specified in the Education Code) as eligible for affordable housing loan program. Status: Enrolled.
  • SB 583 (Carona): Repeals Section 56.025 of the Utilities Code. Committee substitute eliminated text regarding the creation of a commission to study the need for including Internet, high-speed Internet, or broadband services through the Universal Service Fund. Status: Passed as amended by House.
  • SB 667 (Seliger): Requiring a study by the Coordinating Board on the feasibility of collecting published research. Status: Engrossed. House committee report filed.

Additional information about the Legislative Session may be accessed through Texline 296.



Aaah, summer is Austin is …well… hot, but it can be red hot with fun, action, and planning. TLA’s Annual Assembly is a gathering of TLA officers and any interested members to discuss upcoming activities, plan for the Association’s initiatives over the coming year, and flesh out the 2014 conference program.

Assembly will take place at the Hyatt Regency from July 7-10, 2013. Special hotel rates are available starting at $135/night for a single or double. To secure a room reservation, call 888-421-1442 and ask for the TLA rate. TLA divisions, various units, and committees meet at Assembly, and several special programs and CE events are also open. Activities include a no-host party night out with colleagues, a hot topics session, and the annual luncheon with a legislator who fought the good fight for libraries this past session. Additional information will be posted on the TLA website by June 15.

100th TLA Conference Wraps Up

Approximately 6,500 librarians, library supporters, authors, and vendors gathered in Fort Worth for an outstanding week of professional development, networking, and fun. The event marked the 100th conference of the Association and was celebrated with birthday cake and exceptional programming.

This unprecedented conference featured three general session speakers: retired soldier and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez, internationally-recognized researcher Dan Ariely, and celebrated author Neil Gaimon. Library experts from across the state and nation discussed issues ranging from information literacy, advancements in library support of the curriculum, copyright, programming, assessment, demonstrating value, advocacy, and technology initiatives.

TLA’s Connect to Know hub in the exhibit hall allowed members to visit with each other, meet TLA’s membership coordinator, ask questions (and get answers) to questions about TLA and conference, and video observations. Participants were entered into a drawing for several prizes. The winners were:

The top prize consisting of furniture (Fireplace , Jet Chairs , Jazzy Carpet, and a Linx Coffee Table) donated by Brodart Company went to Milena Davis, director of the Heavener Public Library in Heavener, Oklahoma. 

TLA members can continue to benefit from conference activities by accessing handouts of conference programs and shopping the Exhibit Hall. All 2013 exhibitors can still be accessed through early June on TLA’s online exhibits area. In mid-June 2014 exhibitors will be available through the site. This TLA resource allows librarians to shop by category and to contact representatives directly.

2014 logoLEAD Out Loud!

The 2014 Conference Program and Local Arrangements Committees are already hard at work planning for the TLA conference in San Antonio, April 8-12, 2014. The theme of the conference is “LEAD Out Loud”! Hotel and booking information is now available. As an early announcement, the Program Committee has released that international best-selling author James Patterson will keynote the opening general session.

2013 TLA Award Winners

TLA and all its units offer sincere appreciation and a hearty congratulations to all the winners of the various TLA, unit, and library-related honors.

TLA Wide

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Gleniece A. Robinson, director, Fort Worth Public Library
  • Distinguished Service: Steve Brown, (retired) director, North Richland Hills Public Library
  • Librarian of the Year: Lydia Tucker, Neil Armstrong Elementary School
  • Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year Award: UNT Libraries for the “Portal to Texas History”
  • Libraries Change Communities Award: Bell Whittington Public Library
  • Benefactor Award: Friends of the Plano Public Library
  • TLA’s Spectrum Scholarship: Marisa Mendez Brady, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

2013 Branding Iron Awards

  • Best of Show Winner: University of North Texas Libraries: PR Plan and Related Activities
  • Print Media Winner: Austin Public Library, Set Your Imagination on Fire: READ posters
  • Special Events Winner: Larry J. Ringer Branch Library, Bryan and College Station Library System, Library Card Signup
  • Editorial Strategies Winner: Tammy Korns, Plano Public Library, “Ex Libris” Column in Plano Profile Magazine
  • Non-traditional Media Winner: Austin Public Library, Literature Live Puppet Show/Booktalk Trailers
  • PR Plan Winner: University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Libraries’ Identity Guide
  • Campaign Winner: Texas Christian University Mary Couts Burnett Library, TCU READ Campaign
  • Collateral Materials Winner: University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Library Liaison Posters
  • Outdoor Advertising Winner: Palo Alto College, Alamo Colleges, Library à la Carte
  • Outdoor Advertising Honorable Mention: Abilene Public Library, “Novel Destinations” Bus Wraps


  • Christina B. Woll Memorial Grant: Austin Discovery School Library
  • Texas Media Awards Bob Bennett Best of Show: Maddy Ullman of June Shelton School, Dallas.
  • Texas Media Awards Logo Creation:  Skai Brown of R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD.
  • Upstart Innovative Programming Awards: Liz Harrison, Hebron High School, Lewisville ISD
  • Upstart Innovative Programming Awards: Eileen Lee, South Regional Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library System.


  • College and University Libraries Division’s CULD Melody Kelly Support Staff Conference Stipend: Suzi Townsdin, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Public Libraries Divison’s Conference Stipends: Billy Cryer, Cindi Wynia, Laura Matson, Bette H. McDowell, and Mary Vernau
  • TASL’s Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators: John Ringhauser of Davis Elementary, Irving ISD
  • TASL’s MVP (Media/Virtual Presence) Award: Erin Segreto of Coyote Library, Cinco Ranch Junior High School, Katy ISD
  • 2012 Shirley Igo Librarian/PTA Collaboration Award:  Doss Elementary of Austin ISD


  • District 3’s annual conference stipends: Michelle Beebower, Austin Public Library and Diane S. Hance, Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • District 5’s annual conference stipends: Alyssa Schertz and Andrew A. Smith
  • District 8’s Fall, Annual Conference, and TALL Texan Stipends (2012-13): Michelle Walker, Gurbet  Gunturk, Hilary Crowder, Karen Lewis, Helena Arthur-Okor, Melissa Baker, and Kim Fletcher.
  • District 10’s annual conference stipends: Hilary Crowder and Karen Lewis

Round Tables and Interest Groups

  • AGLHRT’s conference stipend: Laura Smith
  • Black Caucus’ conference stipends: Peace Ossom-Williamson and Kymberly Keeton
  • CMRT’s conference stipend: Ivon Cecil, Harrington Library Consortium and Constance Matheny, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Children's Round Table’s Siddie Joe Johnson Award: Carol Richmond, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
  • Library Instruction Round Table’s annual Devin Zimmerman Award: Sarah Schmidt
  • New Members Round Table’s Outstanding New Librarian Award: Kit Coates, Cedar Park Public Library
  • New Members Round Table’s Professional Development Grant: Heather Shaw at North Texas Community College
  • New Members Round Table librarian conference stipend: Hollie Gardner with the University of Texas in Arlington
  • New Members Round Table student conference stipend: Laura Bott, San Jose University’s MLIS program.
  • Reference Round Table’s Texas Reference Source Award: Profiles of Texas, 3rd edition, published by Grey House Publishing
  • Reference Round Table Reference Round Table Conference Stipend: Susan Whitmer, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Small Community Libraries Round Table Biblionix Stipend: Dianna Coldiron, Grapeland Public Library
  • Small Community Libraries Round Table Librarian of the Year: Denise Milton, Jasper Public Library
  • TALL Texans Round Table’s Standing TALL honor: Carolyn Davidson Brewer, executive director of North Texas Library Partners
  • YART’s annual conference stipends: Amy Thorne and Jacqueline Higginbotham


Dobie Awards

  • Coleman Public Library
  • Cross Plains Public Library
  • Haslet Public Library
  • Wolfe City Public Library

Texas Book Festival Winners 2013


  • Bay City Public Library
  • Woodland West Branch, Arlington Public Library
  • Wells Branch Community Library
  • Jacksonville Public Library
  • W.O. Haggard Library, Plano Public Library System
  • Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library
  • Pauline & Jane Chilton Memorial Marlin Public Library
  • TLL Temple Memorial Library and Archives
  • Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library


  • Arlington Public Library System
  • Elgin Public Library
  • Forest Hill Public Library


  • Bastrop Public Library
  • McMullen Memorial Library
  • Flower Mound Public Library
  • Lakeshore Library, Llano County Library System

Love Award: Grapeland Public Library


The TLA Grants and Fundraising series continues in May with the following webinars (register at - just click the “CE Registration and Credit Certificates” button!):

Grant Research with GrantStation- Wednesday, May 29, 2-3pm

This special webinar will explore the GrantStation database, available at a discount for Institutional Members of the Texas Library Association. 

Grants Management with Special Guest Instructor Jennifer Peters- Thursday, May 30, 2-3pm

Congratulations, you were awarded that critical grant for your outstanding project! Now what? Learn how to monitor and manage your new funds to maintain your relationship with your donor as well as your legal requirements. Jennifer Peters will be substituting for Laura Browning.

Follow-up programs will be coming in October 2013.

TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute

The 2013 TALL Texans Institute will be held on June 9-12 at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center in Lake Dallas. Twenty-two rising stars from the Texas library community have been selected for this advanced seminar on leadership and management. Topics will include strategic planning, risk-taking, community engagement, communication, diversity, and more. The Texas Library Association thanks DEMCO as our longtime corporate sponsor for the program, as well as the divisions, districts, and round tables which have generously contributed to this year’s event.

The annual Institute will be followed by a special Reunion & Review on June 12-13, celebrating twenty years of TALL Texans. Alumni and mentors from all previous TALL Texans classes are encouraged to learn more at

TALL Texans Class of 2013

  • Melissa Baker, Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Conroe
  • Jill Bellomy, Highland Park Middle School, Dallas
  • Marie Bloechle, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Donell Callender, Texas Tech University Libraries, Lubbock
  • Carole Chandler, Lewisville Public Library
  • Michelle Cooper, Henderson High School
  • Renee Dyer, Weslaco East High School
  • Thomas Finley, Dallas Public Library
  • Kim Fletcher, Bayshore Elementary School, La Porte
  • Morgan Gieringer, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Geeta Halley, Round Rock Public Library
  • Karen Harker, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Julie Leuzinger, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Tonja Mackey, Texarkana College
  • Michael Mendez, Carter Riverside High School, Fort Worth
  • Sarah Merrill, Texas Woman’s University, Denton
  • Kayla Middleton, Lake Ridge High School, Mansfield
  • Natalie Morgan, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne
  • Alexandra Simons, University of Houston
  • Sheri Smith, Gunter Library and Museum
  • Jose Tamez, Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg
  • Wendy Turner, recently of McKinney Public Library

Mentors for 2013

  • Ling Hwey Jeng, Texas Woman’s University (substituting for TLA President Yvonne Chandler, UNT)
  • Sharon Amastae, Ysleta ISD (TLA President Elect)
  • Don Dyal, Texas Tech University Libraries, Lubbock
  • Oralia Garza de Cortes, literacy consultant, Austin
  • Carlyn Gray, Round Rock ISD
  • Deborah Halstead, Texas Medical Center Library, Houston

Instructors for 2013

  • Maureen Sullivan, President of the American Library Association
  • Jack Siggins, recently retired as director of George Washington University Libraries


Fort Worth Library and Community Partners Launch Reading Initiative

The Fort Worth Library, Fort Worth ISD, and other community organizations began a year‐round reading initiative, Worth Reading (#wr365), on May 1, 2013. The program is intended to boost literacy rates, decrease school dropout rates and improve academic achievement by encouraging people to read every day.

Suitable for all ages, Worth Reading will run in continuous four‐month cycles and feature storytelling, workshops, puppet shows, movies, activities and special events at libraries and partner locations. Participants will complete activities that require reading, writing, learning, or visiting a cultural institution or museum. Activities are recorded on a card and turned in for an opportunity to win incentives and prizes.

At the conclusion of each four‐month cycle, the library and its partner organizations will host a WorthReading Celebration, featuring music, crafts, storytelling and refreshments. “We think it’s important to extend our successful summer reading program beyond its traditional three months,” said Library Director Gleniece Robinson. “Strong readers are essential to Fort Worth’s future, and strong readers are created by reading 365 days a year.”

Information – including participation packets and a list of programs – can be found at

What’s New at TBF

The Texas Book Festival has named a new executive director and a new literary director to lead the organization. Lois Kim, currently associate director of University Extension at the University of Texas at Austin, will serve as the Festival’s chief executive, responsible for managing staff, programs, operations, external relations, and resource development. She will report to the Festival’s board of directors, chaired by Marc Winkelman.

Kim has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas, did master’s coursework at the Bread Loaf School of English, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Over more than a decade with University Extension at UT, Kim most recently managed academic and student affairs in the college credit wing of the university's continuing education division. She also served as vice president of the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, and has been a member of her book club for more than 15 years.

Steph Opitz, currently the programs and strategic communications director for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, will be the literary director of the Texas Book Festival. Opitz will create, develop, and implement year-round literary programming in Austin and other Texas cities, including the annual two-day Texas Book Festival in Austin.

Texas Book Festival, in partnership with the University Interscholastic League, is also now accepting entries for its 12th annual Fiction Writing Contest, sponsored by Kirkus Reviews, to encourage and reward creative writing in Texas schools. This year's theme is "From the Back of the Truck." 

Texas junior and high school students (grades 7-12) are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. Entries must be submitted online via the form on the Texas Book Festival’s website no later than July 27, 2013. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8, grades 9-10, and grades 11-12.

Winners in each division will receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, first place winners will be awarded a plaque, will have stories published on the Texas Book Festival website, and will be invited to participate on a panel during the annual fall Festival weekend October 26-27. Accommodations for one night will be provided for the first-place winners and their family.

For more information about the Fiction Writing Contest, rules for participation, or to submit entries, please visit or contact Kendall Miller, (512) 477-4055, .

Library receives $900,000 software donation for 3D animation tools

Texas Tech University Libraries has received a three-year, in-kind software donation worth $900,000 from Side Effects Software for the Houdini 3D Animation Tools. The software will enhance the Library’s new Media Lab in Informatics and Scientific Visualization which will focus on 3D research efforts.

Houdini software is also offered in the 3D Animation Lab and via 3D Lab remote access. The gift is a culmination of a four-year relationship with Side Effects Software, said David Bennett, 3D Animation Lab administrator.

Adding up Success

Bedtime Math is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to introducing kids to math in a fun, upbeat way – our goal is to make the nightly math problem as much of a beloved ritual as the nightly bedtime story. The program is targeted to kids aged 3-9, and Bedtime Math is partnering with public libraries to offer two programs designed to help families have fun with math.

  • Library Summer of Numbers  is a low-effort, high-impact program designed to help kids stay engaged with math over the summer months, helping to combat the “summer slide” in math skills as well as reading. A natural partner to the traditional summer reading, the Summer of Numbers program provides libraries with free Bedtime Math calendars and stickers to hand out to young patrons at the beginning of the summer, right along with their other summer reading materials.  
  • Pajama Parties provide libraries with a set of fun, math-themed activities in a traditional story-hour format. Available kits include two levels, one tailored for kids ages 3-5 and the other for kids 6-9. The first kit is now available on-line – it features Do It Yourself Dominos and Tangrams and introduces kids and their parents to Bedtime Math.

Partnerships and Opportunities for Intellectual Freedom

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of more than 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. NCAC’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms. 

NCAC offers direct assistance and counseling for those who are actually confronted with censorship and can take on even the most difficult cases and censorship issues that others cannot. The group

  • Provides educational resources and advocacy support to individuals and organizations responding to incidents of censorship
  • Educates and empowers the public to fight censorship
  • Documents and reports on current censorship issues
  • Expands public awareness of the prevalence of censorship and suppression of information
  • Works to influence judicial opinions about free expression and access to information by submitting amici briefs.

The NCAC also sponsors “Our Kids’ Right to Read” program which focuses on children’s and young adult books. NCAC assists with writing letters of protest, fielding questions from the press, providing helpful resources to those involved, and talking to parents, librarians, school board members etc. about the merits of keeping books on the shelves. The group also sponsors a censorship awareness project for teenager called the Youth Film Contest. Winners are flown to New York to showcase their video entries.

The Impact of Broadband on the Texas Economy

The Digital Inclusion in Texas Conference and Colloquium held in Austin in April featured some of the nation’s top scholars and policymakers considering new ways to make Internet technology available to everyone. The importance of that effort is reinforced by a new report released with the conclusion of the conference. The report, titled How Broadband Impacts the Texas Economy, shows the various ways that Texas broadband adopters save money by using broadband service.

Connected Texas research has also shown the importance of digital literacy training, such as Connected Texas’ Every Community Online program, and availability of public computing centers such as libraries, to bridge the broadband adoption gap that was spotlighted at the two-day Conference and Colloquium. The event was co-hosted by Connected Texas and held at the University of Texas at Austin. Other summit sponsors include Texas Connects Coalition, The Technology and Public Policy Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs - UT Austin, and the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, UT Austin.

Names in the News

  • Lauren Comito has been named a Gale “Librarian Superhero”!
  • Through the Work of Cesar Garza, communications officer for the State Library, the agency was awarded a Top 10 Austin American Statesman Social Media Award.
  • Kathy Ritterhouse is retiring from the Grand Prairie Public Library.
  • Scott Wille is the director of the Del Valle ISD Child Development Center.


Flora R. Wilhite, who for many years was director of the Sterling Municipal Library in Baytown, passed away in April.

Created on May 20, 2013 | Last updated May 21, 2013