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.




Daily Schedule: Schedule by Event Name; Schedule 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 $25 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

2:30-4:20pm | Effective Time Management (ticketed/$$) – Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor
Explore practical tools and action plans to help you take control of your professional and personal life. These tactics are designed to help you identify and prioritize daily activities.

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.


  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
TLA President Jennifer Laboon invites you to join her and a guest speaker for a Dutch-treat lunch. Ticket price is $37 and preregistration is required for this ticketed event. 

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. 


  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.

Created on Jun 14, 2011 | Last updated May 15, 2018