Highlights of Annual Assembly 2018

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TLA Annual Assembly 2018 convenes in Austin at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs, on Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12.

The TLA Evening Social has been announced.  If you have already registered, this ticketed event can still be added here:

8-10:00pm | Cruise on the Serene Waters of Lady Bird Lake (ticketed/$$)
Boarding begins at 7:45 pm. Enjoy scenic views and the distinctive Austin skyline and catch the world’s largest urban bat colony at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Beer and wine will be provided. Cost: $27.00.  Meet at the Hyatt Regency Boat Dock, 208 Barton Springs Road.

The housing deadline has passed for online reservations.  If you are still in need of a hotel, you might want to call the hotel direct, 512/477-1234, and let them know you are with the Texas Library Association.

Daily Schedule: Schedule by Event NameSchedule by Day and Time

Instructions for printing CE certificates (also see handouts linked below)

Special Events for 2018

  MONDAY, July 9   

7:00–9:00pm | CHAIRS PLANNING SESSION - Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor)
Presenters: TLA Executive Board & Staff
All TLA committee and unit (division, round table, district, interest group) chairs are encouraged to attend an information session designed to provide you with resources to help you navigate smoothly through TLA's operations. Small group discussions with your Executive Board liaison will provide an opportunity to have all your questions answered.
Online Resources


  TUESDAY, July 10 

Some CE sessions have a small fee ($$) Mem $10/Non-mem $35 

9:30-10:20am | Reading List Coordination Committee Meeting: Tools and Tips for TLA Reading List Chairs (ticketed)  - Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Calling all Reading List Chairs and Vice Chairs (optional for admin assistants)! Share your questions and concerns with other chairs, and discover leadership tips for a successful reading list committee. Sharon Amastae and Mary Jo Humphreys, TLA Reading List Coordination Committee Co-Chairs

9:30-10:50am | Speaking the Same Language: School and Public Librarians Working Together (ticketed) – Foothills 1, 17th floor
Join this interactive session to learn how to harness two important tools for better collaboration in school and public libraries. We'll take a close look at the new School Library Standards and the YALSA Competencies for Serving Teens, and examine how they can be used together. Leave with ideas on how to strengthen your local programs and partnerships. Liz Philippi and Bethany Wilson, TSLAC

10:30-11:30am | An ALA Reading List Participation Perspective from Teri Lesesne and Viki Ash (ticketed) – Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Teri Lesesne and Viki Ash each served on ALA and other national reading selection lists. They will share their experiences and insight on how to provide Texas readers with powerful reading lists. Topics include: committee relationships, time management, book organization, challenges and successes. Note: TLA strongly encourages all reading list committee members to attend. Viki Ash, San Antonio Public Library, and Dr. Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University

11am-12pm | Helping Us Help You: Serving People with Print Disabilities (ticketed) – Foothills 1, 17th floor
Texas is one of the top 10 fastest growing states in the country. Being able to serve everyone in your community can be a daunting task, but the Talking Book Program can help assist in serving people with print disabilities such as visual disabilities, physical disabilities, and reading disabilities. Find how to better serve people with print disabilities and bring them into your library. Jaclyn Owusu, TSLAC

1-2:20pm | Make your Escape with Opposing Viewpoints (ticketed) – Foothills 1, 17th floor
Learn more about the popular Opposing Viewpoints database while participating in an escape room! Leave with ideas for implementing a similar program in your library. Henry Stokes, TSLAC

1-2:20pm | Focus on Performance: Expectations, Improvements, and When to Call It Quits (ticketed/$$)– Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Learn techniques to maintain a successful workforce including creating and communicating clear expectations of worker performance, (employees, volunteers) identify and manage performance that isn't meeting needs, and - ideally - assisting workers in getting back on track. The workshop also includes: closure such as: less-than-standard evaluations, disciplinary reviews, probation, or working with staff and HR to make the conscious decision to leave. Dr. Julie Todaro, Austin Community College

2:30-3:30pm | Unit Webmaster Basics | Texas Ballroom 2, 2nd floor
Tasked with updating your group's pages on txla.org? Learn to login and make the CMS do your bidding. This session is an overview rather than hands-on. Kamesh Patel and Cassandra Sanchez-Barrera, TLA

2:30-4:20pm | LearningExpress: Resources for EVERY Library in Texas (ticketed) – Foothills 1, 17th floor
Discover how the LearningExpress database can improve the lives of members of your community. LearningExpress has testing and training resources for K-12 students, members of the public and college students. Shane Ashwood Viala, EBSCO/Learning Express

2:30-4:20pm | Making the PhD Leap (ticketed/$$) – Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Tine Walczyk, PhD will discuss not only the decisoion making process for starting your degree but also provide real world experience on surviving the program and going beyond ABD to completion. Dr. Tine Walczyk, instructor at multiple LIS programs

4:30-5:20pm | Grant Funding, Free Programming, and More from the National Libraries of Medicine (ticketed) – Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
A representative from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, will discuss the grants and other resources available for all types of libraries. Lisa Smith, NNLM-SCR

5:30-6:45pm | Hot Topic: Sunset for Texas State Library and Archives Commission
State Librarian Mark Smith and Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz will provide an update on TSLAC’s Sunset Review Process. Hear the latest news and learn what opportunities exist to add your voice to this important state review.  Snacks will be provided. Mark Smith, Gloria Meraz, TSLAC


  WEDNESDAY, July 11  

Visit with our Exhibitors | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | Texas Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

10-11:30am | First Look at the New and Improved txla.org - Foothills 1, 17th floor
Representatives from Monkee-Boy, the web development company working on the new TLA website, will give an overview of the development process, findings, and will unveil the preliminary design for txla.org. We will also discuss the timeline for launch and content migration. 

Noon–1:20pm | ALL ASSEMBLY LUNCHEON (ticketed/$$)- Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Join TLA President Jennifer LaBoon as she hosts SXSWedu Founder/Executive Producer Ron Reed and General Manger, Greg Rosenbaum.  They’ll provide an interactive overview on the innovative ways SXSW is looking at programing, trends on attendee expectations on engagement, and also open it up to a campfire style open Q&A.  Ticket price is $37 and preregistration is required for this ticketed event.

MENU:  Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Goat Feta, Roasted pecans and Lemon Thyme Dressing; Herb Marinated All Natural Chicken Breast; Grilled Sweet Corn and Quinoa Risotto; Seasonal Vegetables; Cilantro Honey Lime Beurre Blanc OR Vegetarian Option: Vegetable and Tofu Wellington with Yellow Tomato Coulis (Vegan, GF); Dark Chocolate Decadence Cake (GF) OR Vegan - Toasted Cocunut Parfait with Seasonal Compote (GF)

4–5:30pm | Update on the TLA Strategic Plan - Texas Ballroom 3, 2nd floor5:30–6:30pm | COUNCIL I - Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Council is the governing body of TLA. All Assembly attendees are invited. 

8-10:00pm | Cruise on the Serene Waters of Lady Bird Lake (ticketed/$$)
Boarding begins at 7:45 pm. Enjoy scenic views and the distinctive Austin skyline and catch the world’s largest urban bat colony at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Beer and wine will be provided. Cost: $27.00.  Meet at the Hyatt Regency Boat Dock, 208 Barton Springs Road.

  THURSDAY, July 12  

9–10:00am | COUNCIL II - Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Council is the governing body of TLA. All Assembly attendees are invited.

1–3:00pm | Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas (FLAT) Board Meeting - Board Room
FLAT is a statewide nonprofit organization chartered to support libraries and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, located on the grounds of our State Capitol. Membership is free: The Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas 

Created on Jun 14, 2011 | Last updated July 07, 2018