TLACast • Volume 32, No. 4 • August 2013

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Forum for State Librarian Candidates

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has settled on three candidates to interview for state librarian: Mark Smith, director of the Riverside County Library System (California), former director of library systems at the Texas State Library, and former director of communications for the Texas Library Association; Joy Poole, deputy state librarian, Rural Services and Operations Bureau, New Mexico State Library; and Edward Seidenberg, interim director of the State Library, are the candidates. The Commission will hold a forum, sponsored by TLA, for the three candidates on Thursday, August 29. All members of the library community and other stakeholder groups are welcomed to attend. The tentative start time is 3 pm for a presentation by the each candidate and an informal meet-and-greet.

Final information will be posted on the TLA and TSLAC websites. We encourage all interested individuals to attend and to contact members of the State Library and Archives Commission with any questions or comments.

State Library Update

The State Library is now awaiting a decision from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on the agency’s petition for a waiver from federal maintenance of effort requirements for federal funding eligibility. The State failed to meet federal requirements at the end of 2012 due to state budget cuts in 2011.

The petition asks IMLS to consider the extenuating budget circumstances in Texas (and the restoration of some funds in 2013) and to allocate all federal dollars for which Texas qualifies in the upcoming year. A decision is expected by the beginning of September.

The TexShare Advisory Board and the TSLAC are now considering the path for offering database access to the K-12 community (given the restoration of funding for this purpose). According to an email notice by agency staff:

We are very excited to be bringing back statewide online resources for our state’s K-12 public school libraries. In order to implement this project we are doing the following:

  1. August 2013 – appointing a taskforce to advise on the program timeline, communications, structure, relationship with TexShare and related issues
  2. Hiring two new staff members to work with you on K-12 school library matters – one position for a database coordinator and one position to manage the other programmatic aspects of the project. We hope we’ll have staff in place soon!
  3. September 2013 – beginning our search for an educational partner using a competitive (bid) process.

When will these new statewide resources be available?

We expect to issue a bid for database content sometime in November or December. We will work with the school library community throughout the purchasing process. Product(s) will be selected by April 2014, and a strong core of content will be available to K-12 public school libraries in the summer of 2014.

Questions can be addressed to Deborah Littrell, deborah.littrell@tsl.state.tx.us, 512-463-5456.


Annual Assembly

Over 300 TLA members gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, July 7– 10, for the association’s annual assembly. The meeting provided officers and interested members an opportunity to plan for the upcoming year. Major assembly events this year included the annual luncheon. Rep. Larry Gonzales of Round Rock, who successfully fought for library funding this past session, spoke about the importance of libraries.

State Comptroller Susan Combs also attended the luncheon to announce an initiative on curbing childhood obesity. The Comptroller’s Office will be working with public and select school libraries early in the fall to distribute resources available to children and their families.

Attendees benefited from access to many free CE sessions and diverse evening outing options. Special events included an education forum, “Shaping the LIS Graduates in the Next Decade,” to discuss the skills, competencies, personality traits, and attitudes essential to prepare future librarians.

Lila Valencia, a researcher and legislative liaison at the Office of the State Demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke on the changing demographics in the state in a keynote address at the forum on TLA's Diversity Action Plan and Strategic Plan. The group discussion focused on diversity and inclusion in TLA.

S. Joe McCord Library Heroes

This year also marked the inaugural S. Joe McCord Library Hero Awards. Presented by the Texas Library Political Action Committee, the award recognizes legislative and advocacy champions here in Texas. The award may be presented to Texas library advocates and legislators who fight for stronger libraries in Texas. The award is named for S. Joe McCord, past president of TLA, former Legislative Committee Chair, and lifelong advocate for libraries.

The inaugural awards were presented to:

  • Rhoda Goldberg, retired director of the Harris County Public Library, for her long service to TLA’s legislative efforts. As TLA’s Legislative Committee chair during some of the most difficult sessions, Goldberg fought for all types of libraries and worked for increased funding and favorable policies for libraries.
  • Cyd Sheffy, retired Fort Worth ISD librarian, for her career-long passion for all types of libraries, her indefatigable work promoting school libraries, and her long commitment to the Texas Library PAC, including raising funds and awareness for library causes.
  • Representative Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), for his longstanding commitment to libraries and his work restoring funding for libraries of all types. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Pitts has supported the library community for many years.

2014 logoConference 2014: Are you ready to LEAD out loud?

TLA President Yvonne Chandler and the Conference Program and Local Arrangements Committees have been working to line up the best programs and events for the 2014 conference in San Antonio next April 8-11. Reserve your hotel room and clear your calendar for another outstanding continuing education opportunity centered on Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, & Diversity.

Calling Now…

Contributed Papers: The TLA 2014 Annual Conference Program Committee seeks contributed papers for the annual conference in San Antonio. The theme for the conference is LEAD Out Loud: Texas Librarians LEAD out loud through learning, empowerment, advocacy, and diversity. Papers on any topic will be accepted. Share your ideas with colleagues by describing projects and/or research in a paper that can be presented in a 20-minute time period.

Presenters must register for the conference. The deadline is September 20, 2013. Go to Contributed Papers on the TLA website for additional information and a proposal form.

1001 Ways to L.E.A.D Out Loud! Poster Session: The 2014 Annual Conference Program Committee is looking for librarians who would like the opportunity to present at a new TLA conference event, the “1001 Ways to L.E.A.D Out Loud! Poster Session.” This event will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from 4:00-5:30 pm. Interact with colleagues as you discover new ways to Lead Out Loud in your workplace. In this dynamic and informal poster session, participants will move among tabletop presentations showcasing best practices in learning, empowerment, advocacy, and diversity within library programming, operations, and other services representing all library types.

Submit your proposal describing your presentation by November 1, 2013. Presenters selected will be notified by December 1, 2013.  The online submission form is available on the TLA website. If you have questions about this event please contact: Renee Newry, rnewry@juno.com.


ASSOCIATION NEWS

Membership: It’s That Wonderful Time of the Year

TLA members are special people prone to favorable horoscopes, convenient parking, and good hair days. So keep up the positive karma and renew your membership to TLA today! Renew by February 1, 2014 to be eligible to vote in next year’s TLA elections.

Let’s Grow Our Ranks!

The state and nation are coming out of the recent economic downturn. With increases in state and local funding, communities want to strengthen the educational and economic system of the state. That means we are in a time of growth, and libraries must be part of that renewal. 

TLA thanks all continuing members for their commitment to Texas libraries and to the advancement of their careers. We also want to welcome back librarians, library support staff, and lay advocates who have not been able to continue their membership. We ask you all to help us grow our ranks! Be an ambassador for the profession and TLA. When talking to colleagues, talk about TLA and what is means.

Why 2014 TLA membership in TLA?

TLA gives you unparalleled access to Texas colleagues and a network of support, employers, employees, and resources. No other forum gives you a comparable forum to showcase your talents and to learn from your peers across the state.

Simply put, there is no better way to learn and to be noticed professionally than through TLA membership. 

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Where can I find jobs in my field? How can I make myself more marketable? How can I beef up my rèsumè? How do I find reference and contact outside my immediate work environment? How can I show experience in diverse areas. The answer? Membership in TLA.

Protection. Worried about professional lawsuits? Ever wonder if patrons will sue? Have you ever thought about the legal actions associated with intellectual freedom issues? Only TLA offers special liability insurance that Texas librarians and library staff can purchase. How can you protect yourself in your professional duties? The answer? Membership in TLA.

Leverage. TLA advocates for you and your library. What would your work situation be like if your library could not provide digital resources or had to provide markedly reduced access? What would that mean for your customers and for your standing within your institution? TLA is the only statewide organization advocating and lobbying exclusively for libraries and librarians.  How can you do your part to strengthen libraries and the profession? The answer? Membership in TLA.

Tons of other benefits. Discounts, CE, leadership opportunities, access to grants and awards, reading lists, partnerships, standards and certification, marketing and fundraising tools, access to communication systems with colleagues, publications, and so much more! How can you benefit from the state’s premier one-stop full service organization for libraries? The answer? Membership in TLA.

Consider Institutional Membership for Your Library

Institutional membership in the Texas Library Association is a significant investment in your library’s future. With discounts on products and services, the dollar amount of your library’s annual dues will yield a value that far exceeds the total of your dues payment.

Great Benefits:

  • Access to GrantStation’s extensive searchable database of funding sources and technical resources for the discounted price of $79 per year. 
  • 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.
  • Access to the online Members Only Directory, a database of more than 11,000 librarians and library supporters in Texas.
  • Subscriptions to Texas Library Journal, TLACast, and all association mailings

 


2013 District Meetings

DISTRICT 1

Saturday, October 5
Abilene

DISTRICT 2
Tuesday, September 24
Canyon 

DISTRICT 3
Friday, October 18
San Marcos

DISTRICT 4
Fri/Sat, November 7 & 8
McAllen Public Library

DISTRICT 5
Thursday, November 7
East Texas A&M, Mesquite

DISTRICT 6
BRLA/REFORMA/TLA
Saturday, October 5

DISTRICT 7
Saturday, October 12
UNT (Denton)

DISTRICT 8
Saturday, October 5
University of Houston - Downtown

DISTRICT 9
Saturday, October 26
Baker Conference Center
Lubbock Christian University

DISTRICT 10
Saturday, October 19
San Antonio

Nominating Committee Report

The following individuals are standing for TLA Office. All TLA members who renew by Feb. 1, 2014 are eligible to vote. Anyone wishing to enter a petition candidate must submit information to the TLA Executive Director by December 1, 2013. Any TLA units wishing to participate in TLA’s online election process must contact the TLA Executive Director by December 1, 2013.  

President-Elect:

Susan Mann
Kerry McGeath

Treasurer:

Gretchen Pruett
John (Mr. T) Trischitti

Representative-at-Large (School):

Naomi Bates
Maria Medina

Representative-at-Large (Special):

Danielle Plumer
Karen Vargas

Reading Lists for Everyone!

Back to school is the perfect time to catch up on TLA’s many reading lists, including the new Tejas Star Book List.

The Tejas Star List is central to a new voluntary reading program for ages 5-12. It focuses on bilingual (English/Spanish) and Spanish language titles. TLA's Tejas Star Reading List Task Force has recently assumed sponsorship of the list, which originated as the Tejas Star Book Award under the auspices of the Region I ESC.”The titles are listed at http://www.txla.org/tejas-star .

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


CE Corner: Special Program for School Librarians

As a school librarian, a.k.a. teacher-librarian, you are called upon to manage a department, collaborate with other teachers, teach students, integrate new technologies, and be a leader on your campus. Does your principal know how critical you are to the success of your school? 

Learn how to improve your skills in the five major roles of a school librarian - and communicate your value to administrators, other faculty, and students. Five veteran teacher-librarians will share their practical tips for management, collaboration, teaching, technology, and most importantly, leadership. More information is available at www.txla.org/CE.

I-DO-Make-A-Difference online course

i-DO-LEAD
Sept. 9-20

i-DO-Collaborate
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

i-DO-Manage
Oct. 21 – Nov. 1

i-DO-Teach
Nov. 11-22

i-DO-Tech
Dec. 2-13

This course consists of 5 modules, which may be taken independently or as a series. Each module includes two 90-minute webinars and approximately two hours of readings and online discussion, resulting in 5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit, or 25 CPE hours for the entire series. The Texas Library Association is accredited by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification, certificate number  500383.

  1. i-DO-lead: Find the  leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table. This module is free to TASL members and takes place September 9 through 20, beginning with a webinar by Dr. Mary Long at 7pm on September 9 and again on September 16.
  2. i-DO-collaborate: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use. The course runs September 30 through October 11, with webinars by Stacy Cameron at 7pm on September 30 and October 7.
  3. i-DO-manage: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program. The course runs October 21 through November 1, with webinars by Jennifer LaBoon on October 21 and 28.
  4. i-DO-teach: Unpack the standards and identify the fit for school libraries in the classroom. Learn how to develop and promote your role as an instructional expert. The course runs November 11 through 22, with webinars by Teresa Diaz at 7pm on November 11 and 18.
  5. i-DO-tech: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert those skills into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and learn to become recognized for your technical leadership. The course runs December 2 through 13, with webinars by Renee Wood at 7pm on December 2 and 9. 

All webinars are recorded and may be viewed at your convenience within the term of the module.

Registration for members of the Texas Association of School Librarians costs $300 for the entire series or $75 per module if taken individually, but additional discounts may apply (lowest possible rate is $45 per module, see www.txla.org/CE for details). Register at www.txla.org before September 8, 2013.


Executive Board and Council Actions

The TLA Executive Board met twice during the TLA Annual Conference in Fort Worth and during the 2013 TLA Annual Assembly.  Additionally, the Executive Board met three times by conference call on May 30, June 21, July 5, 2013.  Excluding routine housekeeping motions, the Executive Board approved the following motions: 

Executive Board Meetings on April 24 and 27, 2013, during the TLA Annual Conference

  • Affirmed that the funds allocated for the Best of the Best District program be designated for a fall conference activity and that the amount be determined through an application/evaluation process as recommended by the District Planning Committee.
  • Affirmed  that the TLA Executive Board will issue a statement reaffirming our commitment to face-to-face meetings and the importance of representation from each unit at Annual Assembly. 
  • Supported the recommendation of the PIE Committee that “members of the TLA Nominating Committee should not endorse individual candidates for TLA offices.  Nominating Committee operating procedures should be modified to reflect that committee member are not permitted to campaign or endorse individual candidates identified and recommended during the time members serve on the Nominating Committee.”
  • Agreed that the term of office for members of the TLA Nominating Committee is defined as extending through the certification of the election.
  • Approved the Texas Bluebonnet Award goals as presented by Mary Jo Humphreys for the year 2013-2014.  

 May 30, 2013  Executive Board Conference Call 

  • Accepted the audited financial statements and auditors' report as of June 30, 2012.
  • Moved that a proposed nomination of the LIS educator for the "other" representative-at-large seat on the TLA Executive Board should be an educator not closely associated wtih a particular library type (as indicated by their unit membership).
  • Agreed to proceed with the implementation of Strategic Initiative #3 – Diversity – in 2013 and 2014.  

June 21, 2013 Executive Board Conference Call

Whereas, the Texas Library Association has not adopted a dues increase in approximately 14 years; and

Whereas, the Association is carrying a line of credit it needs to pay down to operate more effectively; and

Whereas, operational expenses to the Association have steadily grown every year;

Be it resolved that the Association adopt a modest dues increase in the next fiscal year, to be determined by the Board at its next scheduled meeting, and retain the option of adopting modest dues increases in subsequent years in amounts to be determined by the Board to keep up with the Association’s cost of operating.                                    

July 5, 2013 Executive Board Conference Call

  • Approved the proposed 2013-2014 budget for action by the TLA Council.
  • Agreed to  propose to Council and the TLA membership an increase in member dues effective FY 2015 with optional adjustments for five years starting in FY 2016 up to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the previous calendar year with the approval of Council. The spirit of this motion was also passed on June 21, 2013 during that conference call.

Executive Board Meetings on July 8 and 10, 2013, during the TLA Annual Assembly

  • Accepted the recommendation of the TLA Professional Issues and Ethics Committee regarding the minimum entry-level salaries. 
  • Reduced the staff retirement contribution to 7% but added an additional 2% to match staff’s voluntary contributions in consultation with the Pension Plan Administrator. 

Council Meetings

The TLA Council met twice during the TLA Annual Conference in Fort Worth and during the 2013 TLA Annual Assembly. Excluding routine housekeeping motions, the Council approved the following motions:          

Council Meetings on April 24 and 27, 2013, during the TLA Annual Conference

  • Adopted Council Document 1 titled “Request to Create a Standing Committee for the Lariat Adult Reading List Committee.” 
  • Adopted Council Document 2 related to the Nominating Committee and a prohibition in the Standing Rules regarding campaigning or endorsing candidates during their term of appointment which concludes with the certification of election results. 
  • Adopted Council Document 3 honoring retiring TLA staff member Kathy Pustejovsky.
  • Approved a motion to adopt the Diversity Action Plan.
  • Approved a motion to create a new Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  

Council Meetings on July 9 and 10, 2013, during the TLA Annual Assembly

  • Approved Council Document 1 related to the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List. 
  • Approved Council Document 2 related to the “Minimum Entry-Level Librarian Salary.” 
  • Approved Council Document 3 titled “Declaration for the Right to Libraries Resolution.” 
  • Approved Council Document 4 titled “Resolution in Honor of Cyd Sheffy, Chair of the Texas Library Political Action Committee.” 
  • Approved Council Document 5 titled “Resolution in Honor of State Representative Larry Gonzales.” 
  • Approved Council Document 6 titled “Resolution in Honor of State Representative Sylvester Turner.”  
  • Approved Council Document 7 titled “Resolution in Honor of State Representative Susan King.” 
  • Adopted the proposed 2013-2014 Budget. 

Contributions

Grow the Library Endowment & Advancement Fund (LEAF), a restricted fund that provides money for special projects benefiting Texas libraries and librarians. To learn more, see contributing to TLA, where you can make an ONLINE DONATION, or print a PDF Form to mail or fax to the TLA Office.

Donation Levels 

  • Donor ($15 - $49)
  • Patron ($50 - $99)
  • Mentor ($100 - $249)
  • Promoter ($250 - $499)
  • Guardian ($500 - $749)
  • Partner ($750 - $999)
  • Pillar ($1000 - $1999)
  • Champion ($2000+)

TLA thanks the following contributors for their recent generous donations to TLA. These contributions were applied to various LEAF funds, including the Patricia Smith Endowment Fund, the Texas Bluebonnet Award Endowment Fund, Area of Greatest Need, and the TLA Disaster Relief Fund, among others.

Guardian ($500 - $749)

Baker and Taylor
Sherilyn Bird
Yvonne Chandler
Susan Compton
Sharon Criswell
Joe Dahlstrom
Ruth Dahlstrom

Robert P. (Bob) Doyle
ExxonMobil
Maurice Fortin
Barbara Gubbin
Kathy Hoffman
Barbara Immroth
Jana Knezek

Debra Kolah
Molly Dahlstrom Ledbetter
Bob and Catherine Lee
Jan & Herb Moltzan
Dana Rooks
Maureen Sullivan
  & Jack Siggins

Pat Smith
Texas Instruments
Julie Todaro
Herman Totten
Ted Wanner
Jerilynn Williams

Promoter ($250-$499) 
Carol Bartz
Disney Hyperion
Irene Hoadley

Danielle Plumer
Gleniece Robinson

Alice Specht
Sam Stone

Janice Sutton
Mary Jo Venetis

  Mentor ($100-$249)   
Linda Allmand
Sharon Amastae
Nancy K. Anderson
Teresa Aziz
Danita Barber
Dreanna Belden
Kristi & Walter Betts
Virginia Bowden
Cindy Boyle
Kathleen Bradbury
Steve Brown
Alvin Cage
Jesus Campos
Maribel Castro
Susan Chandler
Diane Duesterhoeft

Martha Edmundson
Nora Galvan
Teena Garvin
Sandy Gillman
Christina Gola
David and Laura Gracy
Tina Hager
Dorcas Hand
Patsy Hawthorne
Elizabeth Haynes
David Henington
Kathy Hillman
Judith Hiott
Diane Hopkins

Houston Public Library/
Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson
& the Executive Team

Mary Jo Humphreys
Roberta L. Janeway
Ling Hwey Jeng
April Kessler
Ashlynn W. Kogut
Toni Lambert
Library Interiors of Texas
Jackie Lowrie
Hollis McCright
Tracey Mendoza
Margaret Irby Nichols
New Members Round Table
Maria Elena Ovalle
Margaret Patrick
Mary Perroni
Liz Philippi

Sandra Pickett
Molly Raphael
Marvin A. Rich
Terry Alegria Roper
Elizabeth Sargent
Eddy Smith
Patricia Smith
Jeanne Standley
Barbara Kay Stripling
Becky Sullivan
Catherine Threadgill
Texas Professional Assoc.
  for Library Sales RT
Helena Von Ville
Mary M. Woodard
Dr. Ronald Wyllys
Syma & Walt Zerkow

Patron ($50 - $99)

Donor ($15 - $49) 

Miranda Bennett
Bonnie Case
John Deats
Susie Parks Grissom
Karen Hendricks

Ada Howard
Danny Jones
Jeanette Larson
Kelly Skovbjerg
Patricia Smith

Elspeth Blakeman
Shelly Burns
Oralia Garza de Cortès
Stephanie Green
Theresa Hefner-Babb

Katherine Henley
Victoria Kemp
June Koelker
Jeff Levy
Andrea Shuey

 TLA Bequests and Planned Giving

We want to acknowledge the many wonderful library supporters who, through the years, have made TLA part of their lives. We have been enriched by the participation of thousands of librarians and library supporters, and the full library community has benefited from the financial contributions of many of their colleagues.

Planned giving and bequests to TLA have allowed many programs and initiatives to flourish at TLA. They offer individuals a chance to dedicate posthumously a portion of their assets to the library community or to settle on gifts to the Association over an extended period of time. These legacy donations express the generosity and deep commitment to library services of the donors. TLA and the library community stand in ongoing gratitude for this philanthropy.

Contributions may be undesignated and left to the area of greatest need or may be designated for a particular cause or interest. If you would like to learn more about planned giving, please contact Pat Smith, executive director of TLA.


Announcements

Texas Library Snapshot Day!

October is just around the corner, and libraries have a lot to celebrate! Our annual Library Snapshot Day celebration is officially scheduled for October 31, but libraries can select any day in October as their Snapshot Day. This event offers libraries a framework for promoting services, inviting the public and media to the library, and capturing important information that can be used in advocacy and promotional materials.

TLA’s official Snapshot Day website – www.texaslibrarysnapshotday.org – features a sample press release, customer/student input forms, instructions for submitting final data and uploading photographs, video/photo permissions form, tips for using the information, and much more!

Don’t forget TLA’s Facebook page for posting your activities and for contacting your social media groups to help support libraries. Make use of other social media outlets such as Instagram and Twitter to share your upcoming events, activities, news and more. Don’t forget to include TLA’s official hashtag, #txla. This is also a great time for bringing legislators to the library, highlighting library resources, and getting folks to sign ALA’s Declaration on Libraries.

Happy fall to everyone! Let’s make this season count in our efforts to promote libraries 

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival (TBF) is a celebration of authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. The Festival is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. This year’s Festival is October 26 and 27. The announcement of the authors appearing at the Festival will be made in September.

First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy, established the Festival in 1995. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state's public libraries.

Since the first Festival in 1996, TBF has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, hosting more than 200 Texas and nationally known authors. Every year, more than 40,000 visitors participate in the weekend of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin.

With more than 900 volunteers, the Texas Book Festival is working hard to make this year’s Festival the most exciting yet. There are many volunteer positions available, from helping with book signings, to escorting authors, and selling merchandise. For detailed information about the opportunities available and how to sign up, go to this link on the Festival website.

ALA releases Digital Content

Leading library practitioners and experts discuss promises and “Faustian bargains” of ebooks in the new American Libraries digital supplement Digital Content: What’s Next?

The future-focused digital supplement examines how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, including exploiting opportunities in self-publishing, while confronting challenges in licensing constraints. The digital supplement also details progress made by the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group to advocate for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.


Names in the News

  • Kathy Aflatooni, librarian at Ed White Middle School, has retired.
  • Cynthia Baker, librarian at Wetmore, has retired.
  • Maribel Castro has been hired as the electronic resources and instruction librarian at Lubbock Christian University.  
  • Ana Cleveland was honored as a Medical Library Association Fellow at the national conference in May.
  • Terri Gibbs is the new director of the Denton Public Library.  
  • Starr Hoffman has accepted the position of journalism librarian with Columbia University in New York.
  • Vicki Krebsbach is retiring from North East ISD. 
  • Sue Kuentz of Tuscany Heights Elementary (North East ISD) has announced her retirement.
  • WyLania Polk is the new branch manager of the Emily Fowler Central Library.
  • Nancy Rogers, librarian at Stuebing Ranch, has retired. 
  • Nan Sprester is retiring after 28 years as a school librarian.

Deaths

Jack English Hightower, former US and state representative, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and longtime advocate for libraries who was appointed to serve on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, died August 3.

Created on Aug 14, 2013 | Last updated August 16, 2013