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Strategic Plan
On April 22, 2016, the Council of the Texas Library Association approved the Texas Library Association's Statement of Mission, Vision, and Foundational Strategies and Specific Goals for 2016-2019. The full document addresses the following foundational strategies.

Foundational Strategy: Demonstrating Value. TLA will continue to demonstrate the value of libraries and library personnel to stakeholders through advocacy and related actions at the local, state, and national level.

Foundational Strategy: Professional Development. TLA will continue the strong commitment to professional development of library personnel through conferences, events, and continuing education opportunities.

Foundational Strategy: Engaging Communities. TLA will strive to elevate local, state, and national discussions relating to topics of interest to libraries and library personnel to inspire our profession and communities about the future of libraries.

Foundational Strategy: Fostering Excellence. TLA will foster a vibrant and diverse workforce for Texas libraries, working with institutions to recruit and retain dynamic individuals with the skill sets needed to provide excellent library services to the people of Texas.

TLA thanks the members of the Strategic Planning Task Force and its two sub-groups for their leadership and support.

TLACast Newsletter
Volume 35 No. 5 | August 2016
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401 | Austin, Texas 78746-6763
Phone: 512.328.1518 or 800.580.2852 | Email:
tla@txla.org
LUMINARY SOCIETY: ($50,000+)

CHAMPION ($2,000 - $49,000)
• Exxon Mobil Foundation - Matching Program: Jeanette & Jim Larson Mystery Fund; Latino Caucus Round Table; Retired Librarians Round Table
• Janis Roberson: Wayne Williams Fund
• Texas Association of School Library Administrators: Legislative Reserve Fund; Strong Libraries, Strong Scores Administrator's Conference; TALL Texans Institute
• Texas Council of Academic Libraries: Legislative Reserve Fund; Leadership Development
• Texas State Library & Archives Commission: Annual Conference; Annual Assembly
• Tocker Foundation: Conference Stipends; Executive Leadership Immersion
• University of North Texas School of Information: Annual Conference

PILLAR ($1000-$1999)
• Ashlynn Kogut: Excellence Fund for Libraries and Librarians

PARTNER ($750-$999)
• Danielle Plumer: Special Libraries Division

GUARDIAN ($500-$749)
• Suzanne Byron: New Member Round Table Endowment Fund

PROMOTER ($250-$499)
• Carol Bartz: Executive Leadership Immersion
• Dale McNeil: Electronic Resources & Serials Management Round Table; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender Round Table; Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Round Table

MENTOR ($100-$249)
• Danita Barber: Excellence Fund for Libraries and Learning
• Rhoda Goldberg: Legislative Reserve Fund; Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence
• Patricia Ogea: Electronic Resources & Serials Management Round Table
• Thomas Rohrig: Documents Round Table
• Sheila Ross-Henderson: Black Caucus Round Table
• Alexandra Simmons: Government Documents Round Table
• Mark Smith: Disaster Relief Fund
• Pat Smith: Janette & Jim Larson Fund; Legislative Fund

PATRON ($50-$99)
• Joe Dahlstrom: Hetherington Fun Run/Walk
• Jeanette Larson: Disaster Relief Fund; Jeanette & Jim Larson Fund
• Sheila Scullock: Black Caucus Round Table
• Kyle and Pamela Ward: Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence

DONOR ($15-$49)
• Kristin Fance: Black Caucus Round Table General Fund
• Gloria Gray: Area of Greatest Need
• Jack Siggins: June Kahler Berry Fund
• Tracy Timmons: Reference and Information Services Round Table
• Loretta Wallace: Black Caucus Round Table
• Demetria Williams: Black Caucus Round Table General Fund

Call for Texas Library Journal Indexer
TLA is looking for an experienced indexer for the quarterly publication of the Texas Library Journal. The TLJ indexer will put together indexes for users or readers to find the information they need easily; the indexer will dedicate approximate a couple hours each quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) to index the publication.

The program currently in use, which is conducive to indexing TLJ, is called Procite; however, we are open to using a comparable database program such as Access. If you are interested, please send an email with your experience to Sara Ortiz (sarao@txla.org).

Leaving Library Services Behind: An E-forum on Essential Questions About Retirement
Let's face it. Many of us are afraid of retirement. There are so many unknowns and this is uncharted territory. Will we have enough money? What will we do with our time? We have so many questions that it is hard to know where to begin or who to ask.

To address these concerns, the Retired Librarians Round Table will host a TLA e-forum October 26-27 aimed at putting aside fear and finding answers for many of the most common questions regarding planning for and making the most of your retirement. The e-forum format is similar to a town hall meeting or a panel discussion. Since the e-forum takes place over e-mail, you will have the freedom to ask questions, share your experiences, or just listen and lurk. We expect the forum to be populated by librarians from all areas of library service who are concerned about this issue. To be truly successful, we need subscribers who are retired as well as those who are just considering retirement.

Over the course of two days, moderators will pose questions via e-mail to those who have signed up to participate to get the discussion going. The e-forum is a chance to learn from others, network, and contemplate what's ahead. The more people who sign up for the e-forum, the more information gets shared, and the more people benefit. Please mark your calendar to join the discussion on Oct. 26-27.

Donations for the Year
The Texas Library Association appreciates the following donations from individuals and foundations to advance the association's activities and programs in the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Contributions and sponsorships provided from exhibiting companies are recognized separately.

CONTRIBUTIONS | July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

“The whole experience was amazing. I feel excited and rejuvenated."

“Life changing! Pure excellence!"




Executive Board Actions
The Texas Library Association Executive Board met twice during the 2016 TLA Annual Conference during the week of April 19-22 in Houston, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.

●Approved the consent agenda that included previous Executive Board and Council minutes, election results, conference highlights, Partnership Task Force Charge, and a resolution in support of Carla Hayden's appointment as the Librarian of Congress.
●Accepted the auditor's report for 2014-2015, as presented by Joe Jack of Dunagan Jack LLP.
●Approved a motion expressing the Board's appreciation to Mary Jo Humphreys for her tenure as the Texas Bluebonnet Award Coordinator.
●Approved the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award program assessment and goals for 2016-2017.
●Endorsed the proposed Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 for submission to Council.
●Accepted the recommendations of the TLA Task Force on Legacy Gifts.
●Endorsed recommended changes to the TLA Standing Rules and transmitted the proposed changes to the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee.

The Texas Library Association Executive Board met twice during the 2016 TLA Annual Assembly during the week of July 7-10 in Austin, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.

●Approved the consent agenda which contained the previous Executive Board and Council minutes, a resolution honoring Gloria Meraz, and Annual Assembly highlights.
●Approved the amended budget proposal for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, as proposed by the Budget Committee, for action by Council.
●Approved the report of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee regarding service on TLA committees, for action by Council.
●Approved and subsequently rescinded a motion for TLA staff to implement changes in conference registration to include a ticketed event with the option for staff to study the process further and to report back to the Board.
●Defeated a motion directing TLA staff to implement changes to Jobline with the direction that TLA members (personal and institutional) may post positions without charge and non-members may post positions for a charge to be determined by staff.
●Approved a resolution of support for the staff of the El Centro Community College Library, the Dallas Public Library, and the families of the fallen police officials killed during a tragic shooting.
●Adopted the resolution to prohibit the open carry of firearms at TLA meetings and events in accordance with local facility policy.
●Updated job descriptions for the positions of director of communications, director of administration, and executive director. COUNCIL ACTIONS: The Texas Library Association Council met twice during the 2016 TLA Annual Conference during the week of April 19-22 in Houston, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.
●Defeated a motion from the ALIVE Interest Group to transfer a share of membership dues from New Members Round Table to ALIVE.
●Adopted the 2016-2019 TLA Strategic Plan.
●By a narrow margin, advised the TLA Executive Board not to move forward with a prohibition on the carrying of weapons openly at TLA meetings and events in accordance with local facility policy.
●Referred to the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee for further study a motion to amend Article III-Membership. Section 3. Privileges. 1D. to read: “Be eligible to seek and hold no more than one elected office, and one TLA standing committee appointment, and one Division or Round Table appointment concurrently."
●Amended Article IX. Committees. Section 1 Standing Committees to include the Jeanette & Jim Larson Mystery Grant Committee.
●Amended Article XI – TLA Units. Section 5.1.D. and Standing Rule 8 regarding the taking and submission of unit meeting minutes.
●Amended the composition of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee Selection and Program Committees to increase the number of members of each committee.
●Approved a resolution in honor of Sandra J. Pickett for her service on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
●Approved a resolution in honor of Martha Doty Freeman for her service on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
●Approved a motion that TLA form a marching band, including air guitars, a grand marshal, and a drum major.

The Texas Library Association Council met twice during the 2016 TLA Annual Assembly during the week of July 7-10 in Austin, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.

●Approved the 2016-2017 operating budget, as presented by the Budget Committee.
●Approved the proposed change, as amended, to Article III-Membership. Section 3. Privileges. 1D. clarifying service on TLA committees. This motion must be adopted by a mail vote in the spring of 2017 to be implemented.
●Amended Article IX –Committees. Section 1. Standing Committees. 7. Leadership Development Committee regarding the composition of the Leadership Development Committee and its subcommittee to select new TALL Texans.
●Approved a resolution in support of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission budget.
●Approved a resolution on Workforce Development and Job Readiness.
●Approved a resolution in honor of Gloria Meraz for her service to the Texas Library Association and to wish her well as the new assistant state librarian of Texas.
●Approved a resolution in support of public employees at El Centro College and the Dallas Public Library following the tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas.

Check out our corporate members!

  • Sherilyn Bird CO-CHAIR, Texas Woman's University
  • Edward Smith CO-CHAIR, Abilene Library Consortium
  • Sharon Amastae, retired school librarian
  • Naomi Bates, Northwest HS (Justin)
  • Walter Betts, Texas Christian University
  • Jane Darling, Coppell Public Library
  • Kimberly Gay, Prairie View A&M University
  • Glenda Genchur, Texas Library Association
  • Jennifer LaBoon, Fort Worth ISD
  • Susan Mann, Hillsboro Public Library
  • Dale McNeill, San Antonio Public Library
  • Sarah Northam, Texas A&M University- Commerce
  • Elizabeth Philippi, Houston ISD
  • Danielle Plumer, Texas State Library
  • Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels Public Library
  • Patricia Smith, Texas Library Association
  • Linda Stevens, Harris County Public Library
  • Karen Vargas, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Strategic Planning Task Force Environmental Scan Subcommittee:
  • David Schuster CHAIR, Texas Woman's University
  • Ignacio Albarracin, San Antonio Public Library
  • Jesus Campos, South Texas College
  • Shelley Holley, Frisco Public Library
  • Karen Hopkins, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Mary Jarvis, West Texas A&M University
  • Dede Rios, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Martha Rossi, Education Service Center, Region 20
  • Mary Lynn Skinner, Plano Independent School District

Strategic Planning Task Force Vision Mission Values Subcommittee:
  • Jennifer Laboon CHAIR, Fort Worth ISD
  • Jane Darling, Coppell Public Library
  • Sarah Northam, Texas A&M University - Commerce
  • Elizabeth Philippi, Houston ISD
  • Danielle Plumer, Texas State Library

TALL Texans Applications to Open October 1
The TALL Texans Institute provides training on the specific skill sets of leadership and management for mid-career library professionals (defined as 5 years of work experience in libraries). Participants will study appreciative inquiry and assessment, strategic planning, risk taking, conflict negotiation, coaching, ethics, advocacy, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, personal career planning, and much more. The seminar will be led by Maureen Sullivan and Jack Siggins, supported by six mentors from the senior library leaders of Texas.

The Institute will be held on July 16-20, 2017, at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, Texas. The registration fee includes room and board for 5 days / 4 nights as well as all instruction and classroom materials. Online application forms for the program will be available on October 1, 2016.

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