Assembly Highlights
TLACast Newsletter

Volume 35 No. 4 | July 2016
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401 | Austin, Texas 78746-6763
Phone: 512.328.1518 or 800.580.2852 | Email:
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | CHAIRS PLANNING SESSION | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
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.

9:30-11:20 am | Power Up TexQuest: New Resources for Schools, New Leadership Opportunities for Librarians | Foothills 1, 17th floor
Presenters: Marty Rossi and Ann Vyoral
TexQuest and other digital resources provide opportunities for librarians to expand their leadership roles as curriculum generalists, research/media specialists, and professional development providers. Learn about the new resources and how they will be integrated into the program, as well as online materials and ideas to help you connect teachers and students with TexQuest.

11:00 am–Noon | Unit Webmaster Basics with Mary Ann Emerson | Texas Ballroom 2, level 2
Presenter: Mary Ann Emerson, TLA Webmaster
Tasked with updating your group's pages on Learn to login and make the CMS do your bidding. This session is an overview rather than hands-on. See Thursday's listing for individual training times with Mary Ann Emerson.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm | Introduction to TLA Finances | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
Presenter: TLA Director of Administration
Chairs are invited to a training session to learn about TLA budgeting and financial policies and practices that impact units and committees.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Literature Evaluation and Book Discussion | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
Presenter: Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University
Current and future members of reading list committees will learn how to read and evaluate with their committee's charge in mind and have an engaging and respectful book discussion.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | ALSC/Youth Media | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
Presenters: Viki Ash, Ty Burns, Paula Gonzales, and Sally Miculek
Four Texas librarians, who have served on the Newbery, Pura Belpre, and the Sibert committees, will share their knowledge of the process involved in choosing these ALSC/Youth media award and honor books.

5:30 pm–6:30 pm | Hot Topic Discussions: TLA Strategic Plan | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
Presenter: Julie B. Todaro, ALA President
Participate in TLA's Strategic Planning process and contribute your ideas to help implement the newly-adopted 2016-2019 plan. In an interactive session, participants will also learn about a wealth of free and non-free online learning opportunities and resources in each of the strategic planning areas. Refreshments served.

7:00 pm | DINE-AROUNDS
Dine-Arounds – No-Host Dinner Options
Please gather in the TLA Registration Area on the 2nd level of the Hyatt at 6:45 p.m., and dinner reservations for the five (Zax, Threadgills, Terry Blacks BBQ, El Alma, and Dine) restaurants are for 7 p.m. These restaurants have agreed to offer separate checks. TLA does not provide transportation, but the venues are located in easy walking distance of the Hyatt. There is also Capital Metro bus service available every 15 minutes or so. The bus stop closest to the Hyatt is at the intersection of S. Congress and Barton Springs. Check the TLA website for additional information on the participating restaurants.
8:00 am–9:30 am & 10:00 am–11:30 am | Unit Webmaster Consultations with Mary Ann Emerson | Texas Ballroom 2, level 2
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 time-slots are for individual consultations.

10-11:30 am | Refreshing Your Job Hunting Skills and Finding That Next Opportunity | Foothills 1, 17th floor
Presenter: Tine Walczyk
It may have been years since your last job hunt. Or you may have landed yourself recently in an uncomfortable fit. Either way, this session will provide you with some resources and confidence to engage your search. Always remember, you are a librarian! You already know how to do the research. Come learn some new tools for your toolkit! Whether you are a school, public, academic librarian or looking for that first position, this session will provide you with valuable information on preparing your hunt, where to look, how to use your network, and planning for that “we'd like to schedule an interview" moment.

Noon – 1:20 pm | ALL ASSEMBLY LUNCHEON | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
TLA President Walter Betts invites all Assembly attendees to join the fun for some good, old-fashioned roasting of two TLA celebrities –Gloria Meraz and Julie Todaro—as they embark on new adventures that will significantly advance libraries. Gloria is joining the ranks of TSLAC, and Julie officially begins her year as ALA President. All attendees will have a chance to join the roasters with their own stories. Luncheon tickets can still be purchased for the Saturday, July 9 event at Austin's Hyatt Regency Hotel by updating your registration or by contacting the TLA office.

2:30-4:20 pm | Make Your Library THE Place To Be | Foothills 1, 17th floor
Presenter: Tine Walczyk
It's all about knowing your community. But you've already asked your patrons about what they want to see or see more of. So what more can we do? This session will help you think about your POTENTIAL (patrons). We will focus on identifying non-served populations, creating unique programs, and getting the word out. Join your colleagues in brainstorming how to create a demand for your library.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | COUNCIL I | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
Council is the governing body of TLA. All Assembly attendees are invited.

8:00 pm | Annual Zilker Summer Theater Presents Shrek: The Musical, Nominated for 8 Tony Awards and 12 Drama Desk Awards
Shrek: The Musical brings the beloved characters from the popular animated film to life on stage. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. Price is $28 per person. You will be chauffeured to/from the park in an authentic school bus, eat Austin's original Thundercloud Subs box lunches, and take home a keepsake picnic blanket.
Thursday, July 7th

Friday, July 8th

Saturday, July 9th

Sunday, July 10th
9:00 am – 10:00 am | COUNCIL II | Texas Ballroom 1, level 2
Council is the governing body of TLA. All Assembly attendees are invited.

TLA thanks our Assembly Sponsors: EBSCO and LearningExpress, LLC.