Highlights of Annual Assembly 2017

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TLA Annual Assembly 2017 convenes in Austin at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs, on Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9, 2017.


MakerMeal--Saturday 6:45 pm


Daily Schedule: Schedule by Event Name; Schedule by Day and Time

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

Special Events for 2017 (to be announced)

  THURSDAY, July 6  

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in 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.
President's Handout    Online Resources

 FRIDAY, July 7 

Some CE sessions have a small fee ($) Mem $10/Non-mem $25

9:30-10:20 am 

CE: TexShare-ProQuest Foothills 1 (17th floor)
Learn about ProQuest’s improved eBooks platform: eBook Central, which will be available to TexShare member libraries by mid-June 2017, how it’s different from ebrary, & how to get usage reports and other custom information.

CE: Ten Things Every Librarian Needs to Know about Copyright Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor) $
Learn ten things that make copyright make sense!  Knowledge of these ten principles will make the pieces fall smoothly into place as you continue to learn about and use copyright in the future.

11:00 am-12:00 pm
CE: Reading Lists Boot Camp: What do we do now? Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor)
Join Co-Chairs Sharon Amastae, Mary Jo Humphreys, and other past committee members for a crash course on the “nuts and bolts” of being a reading list committee member.

11:00 am-11:50 am
CE: Google Drive
 Foothills 1 (17th floor) $
Google Drive is everywhere, but not everyone is familiar with this tool. Learn the basic features of this popular program.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm in Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor)
Chairs are invited to a training session to learn about TLA budgeting and financial policies and practices that impact units and committees. (Also see guides on the Officer Resources Page)

1:00-2:20 pm

CE: Digital Patron Privacy Foothills 1 (17th floor)
Using materials and exercises from the Data Privacy Project (http://www.dataprivacyproject.org), attendees will deepen their understanding of privacy and security and learn about tools and practices to protect their libraries and learn how to share this information with their patrons.

CE: Be An Effective & Efficient Reading List Chair! Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor)
Join Reading List Coordination Co-Chairs Sharon Amastae, Mary Jo Humphreys and TLA’s Sara Ortiz to learn how to work with publishers and your committee members to provide a diverse, powerful and engaging reading list. Discussions and topics will include:  a brief history of TLA’s reading lists, publisher do’s and don’ts, conflict resolution, providing diverse titles, and shared marketing strategies.


2:30 – 3:30 pm 

Unit Webmaster Basics with Mary Ann Emerson | Texas Ballroom 2 (2nd floor)

Presenter: Mary Ann Emerson, TLA Webmaster    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. See Saturday’s listing for individual training times with Mary Ann Emerson. 


2:30-4:20 pm

CE: These aren’t your old standards! Come and look at the proposed new School Library Program Standards. Foothills 1 (17th floor)
Discover the proposed revised State School Library Program Standards, including feedback and comments already received and their affect on the final document. Attendees will be introduced to each proposed strand in the standards and asked to discuss and comment on how they can be used to evaluate and improve Texas School Library Programs.

CE: Top Challenges for New Senior Administrators Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor)
Come hear what your fellow directors have said were some of their thorniest challenges at their first position. Tine Walczyk has asked them and compiled the top 5 challenges. She and your co-participants will offer strategies to address them.  


2:30 – 4:20 pm 

Automation & Technology Round Table Hands on Lab Discussion Time| Hill Country D, (1st floor)

This session is to allow other groups (non-ATRT) that are thinking of creating a Hands On Lab to meet with us and discuss what they have planned and what they would need (software/hardware) for their program. And to allow those other groups to hear what other HOL ideas are percolating.


4:30-5:20 pm

CE: Google Docs & Slides Foothills 1 (17th floor) $
Learn the more intermediate secrets of Google’s Docs and Slides applications.

CE: Fill Your Bucket List: Create a Retirement Game Plan Texas Ballroom 1 (2nd floor)
Get key tips as you plan for retirement (either sooner or later): Taking Control of Your Health, Learning New Skills, and Travel.


5:30-6:45 pm 

HOT TOPIC DISCUSSIONS: Community Engagement

Librarians use information and technologies to facilitate positive changes in the community.  Whether you work in a public, academic, school, or special library, your library can become the essential backbone for community success.  Learn how librarians can become equal partners with other organizational and governmental entities.  President Ling Hwey Jeng and members of the TLA’s Community Engagement Task Force will lead this interactive session to provide insights and ideas to take back to your library.  Snacks will be provided.

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  SATURDAY, July 8  

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

8:00 am – 9:30 am | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Texas Ballroom 2, 2nd floor
Presenter: Mary Ann Emerson, TLA Webmaster
Bring ideas and questions about your unit webpages, and a TLA staff member will help you edit content, add and delete pages, upload and link support files, or implement more extensive revisions to your site. The two timeslots are for individual consultations.

8:00-9:30 am
CE: Train the Trainer at Battledecks Speed  Foothills 1 (17th floor) $
Learn about all of the challenges of preparing and giving a training session: how to think on your feet, transitions in topics, using visuals, not getting distracted, pacing, timing and the overall mechanics of preparing yourself and your content.


CE: Preventing a Lifetime of Trouble: Hiring the right People Foothills 1 (17th floor) $
A Chinese master states: "A single inappropriate appointment means a lifetime of trouble." In addition to improving organizational practices and question generation, how else might search committees perfect the hiring process? Discover effective hiring practices and interviewing processes to make the best hire.

Noon – 1:20 pm | Texas Ballroom 1, 2nd floor 


TLA President Ling Hwey Jeng invites you to join her and legendary Texas novelist Sarah Bird for a Dutch-treat lunch. Always a crowd-pleaser, Bird is a critically-acclaimed and bestselling author, an activist, and a strong library champion and friend. Ticket price is $36 and preregistration is required for this ticketed event.

2:30-3:30 pm
CE: Annual Report Mayhem Foothills 1 (17th floor) $
Every year you face submitting those year end reports. Look at what data will you need, where will you pull it from, how to set yourself up from the start of the year to make the end of the year easier, and reusing it to promote your library.

2:30-4:00 pm

TSLAC: Preparing for the Future with Texas Libraries

Join State Librarian Mark Smith and Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz for a review of the latest legislative and policy news. Learn about the impact of funding will affect you and how the agency’s upcoming Sunset Review offers an opportunity for library stakeholders to shape a dynamic and united framework for library and information services. This collaborative session will also offer an opportunity to begin exploring the needs and goals for strengthening or collective ability to manage and building digital resources and learning assets to support the educational and cultural programming.

 4:00-5:00 pm
CE: Persuasive Rhetoric Foothills 1 (17th floor) $
Now more than ever, librarians are called upon to present and persuade with pedagogical precision. Learn the secrets of classic rhetoric and get a sample of the advanced communication skills taught at TLA’s Executive Leadership Immersion.

4:00 – 5:30 pm | Texas Ballroom 3 (2nd floor)

The Future of txla.org: BRAINSTORMING SESSION

With more than 1900 pages, the TLA website has grown into a somewhat unwieldy, complex online resource built on a very old CMS. The design is not responsive for mobile devices, and information is difficult for the even trained users to access. This session will build upon last year’s website contextual inquiry session discoveries, and will help TLA staff set priorities for TLA’s short and long-term digital transformation.


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Texas Ballroom 1, (2nd floor)


Council is the governing body of TLA. All Assembly attendees are invited.


6:45 - 9:00 pm | Southwest Bistro-Private Dining room


Guests will participate in the preparation of a delicious dinner with the expert guidance
of Executive Chef Ted Hill and Banquet Chef Juan Tovar of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Join us for this rare opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Chefs who will share tips and tricks of the trade. Tickets required. MENU

  SUNDAY, July 9  

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

Created on Jun 14, 2011 | Last updated July 06, 2017