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Small Community Libraries Round Table Meeting

TLA Assembly - Austin, TX

July 7, 2017

  1. Meeting was called to order at 9:35 am by Chair Michelle Slonaker.
  2. Welcome/Intro - Members Present: Michelle Slonaker, Chair ; Kyla Hunt (TSLAC, SLM) ; Cindy Fisher (TSLAC) ; Amanda Jones ; Jennifer Johnson-Spence ; Buffie Massey (Program Committee Liaison) ; Dale McNeill (ALA Councilor, Executive Board Liaison) ; Gloria Meraz (Assistant State Librarian, TSLAC)
  3. Approval of minutes dated April 19, 2017 was tabled until conference due to those in attendance for Assembly were not present during the April meeting.
  4. Treasurer’s Report - (Justin Barkley - absent) Michelle provided an overview of SCLRT finances.
  5. Councilor’s Report - (Pattie Mayfield, Russell Keelin absent)
  6. Social Media Report - Michelle notes that the SCLRT Facebook page currently has 150+ followers and is a good place to connect with other libraries, find information about grant opportunities, etc. The SCLRT section of txla.org is updated as often as time permits and members should feel free to contact Michelle with suggestions or questions about site content.
  7. Executive Board Report - Dale McNeill gave a brief overview of ALA happenings, including the search for a new ALA Director, the adoption of an ALA statement on climate change, the passing of a motion on Definitions of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a Resolution on Libraries as Responsible Spaces. It should be noted that the election of a new ALA Councilor is upcoming and those interested in running may contact Dale for information on what this position involves.
  8. Program Committee Liaison - Buffie Massey confirmed that SCLRTS program forms for HotSpot Lending and the SCLRT Social had been received and provided information about meeting with the program committee. 
  9. Programs - Based on member responses to a request for program preferences and/or suggestions, SCLRT will collaborate with TSLAC to offer two programs for 2018 conference.
    1. Lending Mobile WiFi Hotspots in Rural Communities – SCLRT will be lead sponsor with TSLAC listed as a co-sponsor and assisting with A/V costs. Speakers will include Dr. Sharon Stover of the University of Texas at Austin.
    2. Show Me the Money! Tips and Tricks for Grant Writing – Cindy Fisher of TSLAC has submitted a proposal for this popular program and SCLRT will take on the role of co-sponsor assisting with A/V costs. Speakers will include – Erica McCormick (Grants Administrator, TSLAC, Darryl Tocker and/or Karin Gerstenhaber, Tocker Foundation, and Michelle Slonaker, Director, Chico Public Library
    3. Community Outreach/Partnership Development/Advocacy - How small community libraries transform communities through patron engagement, partnership development, and advocacy. In order to provide a variety of perspectives this program will include speakers from nonprofit (Michelle Slonaker), city, and county governed libraries.
    4. Social - Venue suggestions were taken and will be followed up on 
      1. Raffle - Michelle will seek suggestions from membership on possible raffle item
    5. Booth - As with the previous two conferences, SCLRT will join the Tocker & Friends booth. This has been successful in increasing SCLRT’s visibility and allows both Tocker and SCLRT to highlight their partnership and the many resources available to small libraries in Texas.
  10. Committees
    1. Librarian of the Year - Beth Hiatt, Chair ; Cherie Robinson, 2017 LOY
    2. Advocate of the Year - Jennifer Johnson Spence, Chair ; Amanda Page, 2017 AOY
    3. Biblionix - John Hayden, Chair
    4. Nominating - dona weisman, Chair
  11. Other Business - Roughly 75% of libraries in Texas fit the small library criteria set forth by TSLAC, yet SCLRT membership is not reflective of this. The need to seek input from SCLRT membership on ways to better serve small community librarians and their libraries has become apparent. Increased use of the SCLRT listserve, website, and FB page will be used as a means of improving member engagement during the 2017-18 year.
  12. Meeting adjourned at 10:50 am
Created on Jul 26, 2011 | Last updated July 14, 2017