TLACast • Volume 33, No. 3 • May 2014


Catch up on TLA activities and keep YOUR ASSOCIATION moving forward!

At ANNUAL ASSEMBLY on July 8-11 (Tue - Fri) in Austin, TLA officers and committees will gather to plan the year's activities and events. Conference planning includes program proposals and scheduling. In addition to the work meetings, several programs and special activities are offered. All members of the association are encouraged to attend to learn more about unit activities and to participate in TLA's programs. Reserve Housing (Hyatt Regency)

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The Texas Library Association is proud to announce a new campaign, WIN at the library. This program is designed to promote the many workforce, business, and career/college readiness programs, activities, and resources available at Texas libraries.

Every week, Texas libraries are helping educate our current and future workforce. Libraries are also providing many programs and services to help people find jobs, businesses succeed, and employers benefit from a skilled workforce. And in many communities, libraries partner with local workforce solutions boards, literacy coalitions, businesses, and other stakeholders.

The goals of project WIN:

  • Define and highlight the role of libraries in workforce development, business support, and college/career readiness through discussion, best practices, and new programming.
  • Learn about and collaborate with workforce solutions stakeholders to broaden the reach of workforce-related programming and resources.
  • Strengthen the role of libraries, enhance program and service delivery while avoiding needless duplication of effort through collaboration while increasing access to effective services and resources.
  • Increase public awareness as well as knowledge within the library and workforce field about resources, services, and programs through the development of resources and promotional materials.
  • Open up pathways for partnerships and outreach with other allied groups.
  • Create energy and shared messaging to build a case for additional local and state investment in workforce development training and resources for all types of libraries.

Please take our WORKFORCE SURVEY! We invite the library community to participate in a broad survey designed to gather a first comprehensive look at library workforce-related activities throughout the state. The survey is designed for all types of libraries, and we hope to gather many responses. A PDF version of the survey questions (available for you to know the needed data) is available at Workforce Survey PDF.

Information about this initiative, along with developing plans for promotion and policy discussions, will be sent to TLA members. You can also find additional information and links to a library of resource materials on the WIN webpage.

Late Breaking News: ALA announced movement on the federal Workforce Investment Act. According to the American Library Association, “The House and Senate have drafted a bill on workforce investment, which acknowledges the work libraries do to help the public gain important employment skills and find jobs—and the legislation allows libraries to be paid for these efforts…Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced the Workforce Investment in Local Libraries amendment to re-enforce the idea that libraries were helping the public find work and their efforts needed to be part of any Workforce bill moving forward. …We hope the Senate will take up this House-Senate WIA Agreement for a vote in mid-to-late June, then it would move to the House…”

Loud and Strong in San Antonio

The 2014 TLA Annual Conference – “Lead OUT Loud!” – held this past April in San Antonio drew over 7,500 attendees. The convention showcased how libraries are at the forefront of changes in educational technology, digital publishing, and community initiatives for literacy and workforce development. Programs and activities examined innovative strategies libraries are using to advance education, literacy, and robust digital citizenship.

The conference featured a talented array of experts and leaders in all areas of information and library services. Keynote speakers included international best-selling author James Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ron Suskind, director and actor Henry Winkler, writer Maggie Stiefvater, Poet Laureate of Texas Rosemary Catacalos, best-selling author James Rollins, Lemony Snicket, Greg Iles, and many others.

Librarians and library supporters attended over 400 sessions and events covering topics such as scholarly communications, ebooks and epublishing, learning strategies for physical and digital classrooms, development of cooperative community partnerships, and privacy, as well as the latest in literary materials and books.

The 2015 Annual Conference will be held in Austin, April 14-17. The theme for next year is Sync Up! President Sharon Amastae and her committees are already hard at work planning programs and fun events for attendees.

Lost an item at TLA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio? To discover whether it was turned in to TLA’s Lost and Found service, please email with a description of the item.


Association Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement: Dana Rooks, Dean, University of Houston Libraries
  • Distinguished Service Award: Suzanne Sears, Assistant Dean of Public Services at the University of North Texas Libraries
  • Librarian of the Year: John Trischitti III, Director, Midland Public Library
  • Outstanding Services to Libraries: Judge Jack Hightower (posthumously), Commissioner of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Texas State Senator, U. S. Representative, First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, and the Texas Supreme Court Justice
  • Wayne Williams Project of the Year: Zula B. Wylie Library
  • Benefactor Award: Ella Prichard
  • TLA Spectrum Scholar: Elena Baeza

Branding Iron Awards

  • BEST OF SHOW Winner: Frisco Public Library
  • Broadcast Advertising Category Winner: Denton Public Library
  • Print Media Category Winner: Nicholson Memorial Library
  • Honorable Mention Print Media Category: Austin Public Library
  • Special Events Winner: Frisco Public Library
  • Honorable Mention Special Events: William T. Cozby Public Library
  • Editorial Strategies Winner: Vicki Chiavetta
  • Non-traditional Media Winner: Victoria Public Library
  • Brands and Logo Winner: Fort Worth Public Library

Association Scholarships, Grants, and Stipends

  • Junior Library Guild Diversity Outstanding New Members Stipends: Angelica and Melissa Meadows 
  • Junior Library Guild Diversity Outstanding New Professionals Stipends: Monica G. Lozano and Maria Esther Rodriguez
  • Escue Memorial Scholarship: Joy Urbina
  • Vivian Greenfield Scholarship: Lisa Hernandez
  • Van Dusen-Tobin-Kaiser Scholarship: Ashley Nichols
  • TLA Summer Scholarship: Susan VanDeWater
  • Escue TLA Conference Stipend: Kathy Leloux
  • Upstart Innovative Programming Award (school) sponsored by Demco: Thelma Nelson, Sagamore Hill Elementary
  • Upstart Innovative Programming Award (other) sponsored by Demco: Jan Jackson, Frisco Public Library
  • Woll Fund Grant: Pflugerville Elementary School Library, under the leadership of Erica Leu


  • College and University Libraries Division MLIS Scholarship: Barbara Love, University of North Texas
  • College and University Libraries Division Melody Kelly Support Staff TLA Conference Stipend: Elizabeth Levkoff Derouchie, Lamar University
  • Public Libraries Division Conference Stipend: Vanessa Gempis, Hampton-Illinois Branch Library – Dallas Public Library; Marcos Martinez, Houston Public Library; Kathryn A. Peery, White Settlement Public Library; and Jennifer Truman, Mesquite North Branch
  • Texas Association of School Librarians’ Laura Edwards Award: Julianne Bamford, Berkman Elementary School


  • District 3 Conference Stipends: Julianne Bamford, Berkman Elementary School; and Elizabeth Switek, Austin Discovery School
  • District 8 Conference Stipends: Shelly Lane, Montgomery County Memorial Library System; and Jackie Cundieff, Bane Elementary School


  • Archives, Genealogy, and Local History Round Table’s Conference Stipend: Ashley DeVaudrecourt
  • Automation and Technology Round Table’s Conference Stipend: Raquel Williams, Houston Community College / Northwest College Houston
  • Automation and Technology Round Table’s Scholarships: Pamela Perry King, Harris County Public Library / South Houston Branch South Houston; Lana L. Miles, Lamar Consolidated ISD / Jackson Elementary Rosenberg; and Jessica L. Jackson, Aldine ISD / Shotwell Middle School in Houston
  • Black Caucus Round Table’s Conference Stipend: Jean Darnell
  • Black Caucus Round Table’s Encourager Award: Kimberly M. Gay, Prairie View A&M University
  • The Cataloging and Metadata Round Table Conference Stipend: David Lee Staggers
  • Government Documents Round Table/ MARCIVE "Knowledge is Power" Award: Suzanne Sears, University of North Texas Libraries
  • The Library Instruction Round Table’s Zimmerman Conference Stipend: Heather Aston, Coppell Middle School East
  • The Library Instruction Round Table’s Project of the Year Award:  "Teaming Up to Teach @ the Library" at Sharyland High School
  • The New Members Round Table Conference Stipends: Jennifer Rowe, Nora Ohnishi, and Monica Lozano
  • The Small Community Librarian of the Year (Sponsored by the Tocker Foundation): Pattie Mayfield, Bertha Voyer Memorial Library
  • The Library Instruction Round Table/ Biblionix Conference Stipends: Tracy Luscombe and Cherie Robinson.
  • The Library Instruction Round Table’s Advocates of the Year: J. D. Clark , Mayor of Chico, TX; Hall-Voyer Foundation; and Friends of the Bowie Public Library
  • The Supervision, Management and Administration Round Table/ Innovative  2014 SMART Award: Paige Alfonzo, Townsend Memorial Library at Mary-Hardin Baylor
  • TALL Texans Round Table’s Standing TALL Award: Naomi Bates
  • Young Adult Round Table/ABC-Clio Conference Stipends: Kathryn Peery and Jennifer Ward


James A. Love Award:
Rube Sessions Memorial Library (Wells, TX)

Tocker Foundation

  • Alpine Public Library
  • Buna Public Library
  • Kirbyville Public Library
  • Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library/Rocksprings ISD
  • Carson County Library
  • D. Brown Memorial Library
  • Dawson County Library
  • Lakehills Area Library
  • Menard Public Library
  • Olton Area Library
  • Real County Public Library
  • Stonewall County Library
  • Schleicher County Public Library
  • Wolfforth Library

Texas Book Festival

  • Alpine Public Library
  • City of Presidio Library
  • Comfort Public Library
  • Dallas West Branch, Dallas Public Library
  • Dublin Public Library
  • East Branch Library, Arlington Public Library System
  • Elgin Public Library
  • Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
  • George Washington Carver Branch Library, Austin Public Library
  • Kirbyville Public Library
  • Lakehills Area Library
  • Leander Public Library
  • Live Oak County Library, George West
  • Mesquite Public Library
  • Olton Area Library
  • Schleicher County Public Library
  • Sterling County Public Library
  • Tyler Public Library
  • Winters Public Library

Legislative News

Texas representatives attended the American Library Association’s National Legislative Day in early May. In meetings with Congressional and Senate staffers and elected officials, Texas librarians discussed the importance of federal funding for libraries, codification of the critical role of school librarians in education, the Workforce Investment Act (and the inclusion of libraries within that federal policy), E-rate, and privacy and Internet neutrality for the public.

The 84th Legislative Session is just around the corner. With primary runoff elections just completed, the Fall general election fast approaching, and state budget activities already underway, policy and fiscal deliberations for the next two years are in the works.

TLA is working closely with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as the agency completes its Legislative Appropriations Request (i.e., budget request) for the 2016-17 biennium. Library supporters have asked the agency to request additional funds for electronic content (TexShare, K-12 resources) and continuing education and training (particularly in the areas of workforce development) for Texas libraries.

The Commission and the agency's leadership have been very responsive to these requests. Preliminary drafts of the Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) contain requests for additional funds in these areas. The Commission must finalize its budget by the end of July, as the formal budget must be submitted to the Legislature in August.

The Commission will meet in June to further consider the budget. In addition to the budget request for current programs and operations (the base budget request), the agency is considering requesting funding in the following areas (amounts are approximations at this time): electronic content for libraries ($3-4 million/year of the biennium); e-records programming ($450K/year of the biennium); continuing education and consulting for libraries for broad workforce activities ($2-3K/per year of the biennium); and records analysts ($2-3K/year of the biennium).

Other policy issues TLA is following concern the desired extension of the state’s telecommunications discounts (with where extended in 2011 through 2015), expansion of the uses of local economic development funds to include community library support, school related issues, and capital bonds for higher education. The Association is also looking at ways to promote the collaborative power of libraries and workforce interests to secure favorable policy and potential funding sources.

TLA staff recently visited legislative offices of members who serve on the House Committees on Technology and Government Efficiency. The two groups held a joint hearing on Wednesday, May 21, to review their shared interim charges to study the state’s provision on government services to the public and to study options for increasing transparent and open government.

State Librarian Mark Smith was invited to testify for the TSLAC. He addressed legislators on the importance of the TexShare databases and TexQuest (the newly named K-12 database program).  Noting the significant return on the investment, Smith told legislators that library resource sharing programs are an excellent example of efficient and important online government services. He also noted the work of the agency supporting public libraries’ requests for over $4 million in annual e-rate funding.  The committees also heard about the critical need at the State Library to support an e-records program. As one of only nine states without such a program, Texas lags behind in the maintenance and long-term care of its electronic information. The members were engaged in a lively discussion and noted the important work of the agency in all these areas.

Public Library Accreditation & Standards

TLA and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) created two task forces: one to review the TLA Public Library Standards and one to review the TSLAC Minimum Criteria for Accreditation. These task forces have worked over the last year and have taken input from librarians throughout the state, including a full presentation of the recommendations at the conference in San Antonio. Since then, the task forces have incorporated additional input and have now completed their respective recommendations.

The Association is grateful to the members of both task forces for their tremendous work. Through these efforts, the cause of libraries is advanced by the establishment of standards and criteria that better present an acceptable benchmark for modern Texas libraries.

While this work must consider the realities of local budgets and policies, standards and accreditation work must point to a brighter future that allows libraries to increase viability statewide. For this reason, standards should embody a doable but progressive level of achievement while offering libraries a means to meet those standards over time or to justify a differing local experience.  The proposed criteria and standards do both.

Accreditation Task Force

For information about the process, existing accreditation rules, and proposed changes, go to the State Library’s site at: The site contains detailed information as to the potential impact on libraries.

The Library Systems Act Advisory Board will review the proposal at its meeting on June 5. The revised accreditation standards will then be brought before the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in late summer for formal action by the Commission (as accreditation standards are regulatory).

Public Library Standards

The Public Library Standards are designed to help librarians assess activities and resources at their institutions given statewide benchmarks. These standards are voluntary. The existing standards were developed several years ago, and as a natural part of progress, the standards are reviewed periodically by the library community. The proposed new standards will be available after June 7 for review on the PLD's homepage.

The proposed standards will be brought before the TLA Legislative Committee, Public Libraries Division, and Small Community Libraries Round Table at Annual Assembly for adoption and will then be forwarded to the TLA Council. Upon approval by the TLA Council, the TLA Public Library Standards will be forwarded to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for approval. Current Standards:


for information about CE credits, additional events, and registration

June 11, 9-10am: Serving All Citizens: the Target Language Initiative
In 2010, former ALA President Molly Raphael, then executive director of the Multnomah County Library, and Rita Jimenez, director of neighborhood libraries, shared the beginnings of their nationally famous outreach program in Serving Diverse Communities. Now the current executive, Vailey Oehlke, returns with Jimenez to review the successes and challenges of the project that could have huge benefits for the diverse state of Texas. (Part of the TLA Strategic Diversity Series)

July 22, 3-4pm: Workforce Development and Libraries
Workforce development is one of the state’s highest priorities. Libraries of all types provide frontline services and resources. Learn more about the extensive statewide digital resources available for use to support learners and job seekers. Speakers will discuss TLA’s workforce development marketing resources, and you will hear from librarians running successful workforce programs.

August 12, 3-3 pm: Introduction to Cataloging and Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records
An understanding of FRBR is critical for cataloging under new RDA rules - or just for understanding changes in library classification systems. Guest Speaker Annie Glerum, head of Complex Cataloging of Florida State University, will explain the principles of both FRBR and RDA for catalogers and noncatalogers.

TASL Advocacy Page: Check out TASL’s new advocacy page! Filled with helpful links and resources, this page directs you to toolkits and articles you can use on your campus.

“Every single study out there has shown that having a librarian in the school increases academic performance and standardized test scores. Why are we not putting MORE librarians in the schools rather than less?” (Huffington Post, August 26, 2013)

Speaking of great advocacy, be sure to watch the wonderful video Judi Morellion and her team produced called,  "Principals Know School Librarians are the Heart of the School."  

District Meetings (Scheduled to Date)

  • District 8 Fall Meeting: Saturday, October 18, 2014, at San Jacinto College Central Campus
  • District 9 Fall Meeting: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Centennial Library in Midland.

Become a TLA Institutional Member Today! Join as a TLA Institutional Member for significant discounts on the following:

  • Legal services with digital information legal specialist and attorney Gretchen McCord. See:
  • Access to GrantStation’s extensive searchable database of funding sources and technical resources (only $79 per year).
  • NonProfit Liability Insurance from Frost Insurance Services, Inc.
  • and MUCH MORE!

Your investment in a TLA Institutional Membership brings you dollar value while helping you promote the vitality of your library.  It also positions your library as a leader in the state by supporting efforts to offer world-class professional development to library staff, advancing the role of libraries statewide, and promoting the tremendous return on investment libraries bring to their communities and stakeholders.

Additional benefits include:

  • 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.
  • A free JOBLINE service to list available positions and attract qualified librarians. 
  • Interview opportunities with interested candidates at Annual Conference in the TLA Placement Center (conference registration required).
  • Promotion of a minimum entry level salary of $40,000 for a librarian with an MLS.
  • Recognition of outstanding leadership, gifts, and service to Texas libraries through Association awards (e.g., Benefactor Award).
  • Subscriptions to these TLA publications: TEXAS LIBRARY JOURNAL and TLACast, the electronic newsletter of the Association
  • TLA Membership Directory
  • Promotion of the importance of libraries in today's society through public information activities, legislative and policy action, Intellectual Freedom and privacy, and continuing education


Announcing TexQuest: The K-12 Database Program

TLA and the library community worked hard last session to restore funding for K-12 database access. As a result of successful advocacy of that initiative, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will begin making resources available this summer. Database licenses for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year begin June 15, 2014, and Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools can sign up for the program now at

Working with a statewide groups of school librarians and other librarians and educators, the State Library will offer 15 databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Cengage, including Student Resources in Context, which provides cross-curricular support for papers, projects and presentations; General OneFile, 24/7 access to a large collection of full-text periodicals; and National Geographic Kids, adventures in science, nature, cultures, archeology, and space. The K-12 database program has been renamed at TexQuest.

Participation Fee

As with the TexShare program, TexQuest is built on a cost-sharing model approved by legislators. For the 2014-15 school year, there will no charge for these resources for Texas public school districts. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, districts that wish to continue participation will be assessed an annual cost-sharing fee in the amount of 22 cents per pupil, based on October 2013 enrollment data provided by TEA.
TSLAC expects to send invoices to Districts for 2015-16 school year participation fees in January 2015. These 2015-16 contracts begin June 15, 2015. School districts that do not pay the participation fee will lose access to the K-12 databases. Questions should be directed to Len Bryan at, 512-463-5852. See also:

Texas Book Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival will next be held October 25 and 26, 2014, and for the first time, it will be “bookended” by the newly-named Texas Teen Book Festival on October 18. Young Adult genre rock star author James Dashner, creator of the wildly popular Maze Runner series, will be the headliner of the Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edward’s University.

The Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, a major annual event in the young adult YA world that draws some of the most popular authors writing for the age group. YA literature is one of the hottest categories in book publishing today, drawing not only teen but adult readers in significant numbers.

Formerly known as the Austin Teen Book Festival, the gathering of young adult authors and readers, which attracted a record audience of 4,000 in 2013, has been sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation since 2011.

“It’s invigorating to join forces with the dedicated collaborative that has nurtured this grassroots young adult literary festival to where it is today,” says Lois Kim, executive director of the Texas Book Festival. “With back-to-back festivals, we aim to put books and reading front and center for all Texans this October.”

The Austin Teen Book Festival started in 2009 when librarian Heather Schubert partnered with Book People to organize a gathering at her school district library. Five hundred people and 16 authors attended the first year. By 2013 the one-day Festival had grown to host more than 40 authors, four publishers, 17 sessions, and a fervent fan base of young adult readers of all ages.

“I couldn't be more excited that our homegrown Teen Book Festival will now be stewarded by the Texas Book Festival, which will strengthen the Festival for years to come,” says Schubert. 


RFP: 2014 HOWELL TEXAS HISTORY GRANT: Humanities Texas is pleased to request proposals for projects that develop educational materials or resources focusing on Texas history. These resources should be pedagogically sound and grounded in strong scholarship; they may be in print or digital form. Projects that address a recognized curricular need at the primary or secondary level are especially encouraged. Awards will range from $1,500 to $10,000. Partial awards are possible. Please follow the instructions and use the appropriate forms for applying for a Humanities Texas Media Grant. Submit a letter of intent by August 15, 2014; applications must be postmarked on or before September 15, 2014.

The City of Wolfforth Library hosted a community conversation on the library’s potential role developing a job center in partnership with economic development leaders. The very successful meeting drew in many stakeholders, including State Representative Charles Perry, who learned about the invaluable work of the library supporting job seekers and employers. As a result of this meeting, the library is on its way to increasing support for its efforts promoting workforce development.

Canyon Lake Community Library District received a Dollar General Literacy Foundation literacy grant in the amount of $1000 to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  This local grant award is part of over $6 million in grants awarded today to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the 40 states the company serves.

UNT History Portal: The Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas is accepting applications for its Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant series. Each grant will provide up to $1,000 of digitization services to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other groups that house historical materials. All of the materials will be scanned at UNT Libraries and hosted on The Portal to Texas History.  Both newspapers and archival collections will be considered for digitization.  Deadline for receipt of applications is July 31, 2014.

Through six years of projects funded with Rescuing Texas History, the combined results enabled free public access to 57,740 historic images which have to date received over 3.2 million uses. For more information and to download the application:

Names in the News

  • The Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in Honey Grove has won the EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award.
  • Len Bryan is the new school program coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Texas librarians Marianne Crandall Follis, Liz Philippi, and Daniella Smith were elected to the ALA Council.
  • Janine Golden has accepted the position of associate professor at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. 
  • Dolores Greenwald and her staff at the Williamson County Public Library were recently recognized in a Library Journal online web article for their work in publishing.
  • Ling Hwey Jeng received the 2014 ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to LIS Education this past January in Philadelphia.
  • Jennifer Peters is now the community outreach librarian at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 


  • TLA member Linda Anderson from Longview passed away recently.
  • Maribelle Davis, a librarian in North Texas, passed away recently.
  • Vivian Lynn Dobbs, librarian and library volunteer at the Waco-McLennan Library, passed away last December.
  • Michael Duncan who worked at the Waco-McLennan County Library from 1973 to 2011 passed away last December. 
  • John Peterson, former branch manager at the South, East and Hoover (West) Waco libraries and a TWU graduate, passed away in February, 2014.
  • Paul D. Swan, a TLA lifetime member, passed away last January.
Created on May 28, 2014 | Last updated July 22, 2014