TLACast Newsletter
TLA News
May 2017
Volume. 36 No. 3
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2017 TLA Awards

TLA congratulates all of the individuals, institutions, and projects that were nominated for recognition this year. Hundreds of colleagues, teachers, and librarians worked tirelessly to help students, co-workers, friends, and fellow library workers receive attention and honor for their work.

The winners of TLA's major association-wide awards are listed below.
Update on Executive Director Search Process

The TLA Executive Director Search Committee, chaired by TLA 2016-2017 President Walter Betts, received more than 40 applications. Of the seven candidates selected at the first screening stage, four submitted Phase 1 materials which included a writing piece and a webinar. A focus group of 14 TLA membership representatives and the Search Committee participated in the Phase 1 evaluation. Following their assessment, the Search Committee conducted in-person interviews with two candidates prior to TLA Annual Conference, and chose the finalist who unfortunately withdrew shortly after the conference. This concluded the first search process for the Executive Director.

2017-2018 TLA President Ling Hwey Jeng has assumed the role as chair of the Executive Director Search Committee to continue the search process. TLA Immediate Past-President Walter Betts stepped down from the Search Committee and has been replaced by President-Elect Jennifer LaBoon. Additional committee members include Sharon Amastae, Yvonne Chandler, Susan Mann, Gloria Meraz, and Dana Rooks.

The committee is confident the process will be speedy yet thorough. Pat Smith has agreed to delay her retirement until the new Executive Director is identified. Please refer any questions related to the Executive Director search directly to Ling Hwey Jeng or any member of the committee. The position has been reposted on JOBLINE.

2017 Annual Assembly July 6 – 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin

At Annual Assembly, TLA officers and committees gather to plan the year's activities and events. Conference planning at assembly includes program proposals and scheduling. In addition to the work meetings, Assembly offers several programs and special activities. All members of the association are encouraged to attend to learn more about unit activities and to participate in TLA's programs.

Visit the Annual Assembly Highlights page to book your hotel, and check back often for more information. Registration will open later this month.

Officers should submit their Annual Assembly Meeting Request and Budget Request Form via the Members' Only section of Once logged in, you'll find the meeting request form link under Meetings, and the budget request form link in the officer only section under Membership.

Please submit the Budget Request Form by June 10. Use the prior two years for guidance, consider your unit's goals and objectives for the upcoming year, estimate your revenues and predict the group's expenses.

Continuing Education at Assembly
($) = program carries a registration fee of $10 for TLA members / $25 for nonmembers

Friday, July 7

Ten Things Every Librarian Needs to Know about Copyright ($) | 9:30 – 10:50am
Copyright is a complex topic, yet being knowledgeable about copyright is increasingly important for all librarians. 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. Gretchen McCord, Copyright Interest Group

TexShare – ProQuest | 9:30 – 10:50am
Learn about ProQuest's new and improved eBooks platform: eBook Central, which will be available to TexShare member libraries by mid-June 2017. Learn about how it's different from ebrary and how to get usage reports and other custom information. If you had any issues with the migration, we'll be happy to answer your questions. Danielle Plumer and Russlene Waukechon, TSLAC

Reading Lists Boot Camp: What Do We Do Now? | 11am – 12pm
Once the books start rolling in, what do you do? How do you organize? How are conflicts resolved among committee members? How do you ensure a list that meets the needs of our diverse audience? Don't miss this crash course on the “nuts and bolts" of being a reading list committee member. Both experienced and incoming new members will learn tools and tricks that have worked for others. Sharon Amastae and Mary Jo Humphreys, co-chairs, TLA Reading List Coordinating Committee

Google Drive ($) | 11am – 1:50pm
Google Drive is everywhere, but not everyone is familiar with this tool. Learn the basic features of this popular program. Lauren Kluck, Round Rock ISD Introduction to

TLA Finances | 12:00 – 12:30pm
Officers are invited to learn about TLA budgeting, financial policies, and practices that impact units and committees. Sherra Bowers, director of administration, TLA

Be an Effective & Efficient Reading List Chair | 1 – 2:20pm
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, shared marketing strategies, and a Q and A. Sharon Amastae and Mary Jo Humphreys, co-chairs, TLA Reading List Coordinating Committee; Sara Ortiz, marketing and communications specialist, TLA

Digital Patron Privacy | 1 – 2:20pm
Using materials and exercises from the Data Privacy Project attendees will deepen their understanding of privacy, security, and learn about tools and practices to protect their libraries, and learn how to share this information with their patrons. Cindy Fisher and Henry Stokes, TSLAC

Top Challenges for New Senior Administrators | 2:30 – 4:20pm
Come hear what your fellow directors have said were some of their thorniest challenges at their first position and get strategies for how to address them successfully. Tine Walczyk

School Library Standards | 2:30 – 4:20pm
This session will highlight the proposed revised State School Library Program Standards. We will share the feedback and comments already received and their effect on the final document. The 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. Liz Philippi, TSLAC; Donna Kearley, Denton ISD; Sonja Schulz, Nacogdoches ISD

Fill Your Bucket List: Create a Retirement Game Plan | 4:30 – 5:20pm
Get key tips as you plan for retirement (either sooner or later) including how to take control of your health, learn new skills and travel. Sharon Amastae and Mikail McIntosh-Doty, RLTR

Google Docs and Slides ($) | 4:30 – 5:20pm
Learn the more intermediate secrets of Google's Docs and Slides applications. Lauren Kluck, Round Rock ISD

Saturday, July 8
Train the Trainer at Battledecks Speed ($) | 8 – 9:30am
Delivering a training class can be a little more intense that giving a presentation. Come spend the morning addressing all of the challenges of preparing and giving a training session. This fast paced session will cover: 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. Tine Walczyk

Preventing a Lifetime of Trouble: Hiring the Right People ($) | 10 – 11:30am
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, including decoding both verbal and nonverbal cues. Julie Todaro

Annual Report Mayhem ($) | 2:30 – 3:30pm
Every year you face submitting those year-end reports, whether you're in public, academic, school, or special libraries everyone wants to know how the year went. We will 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 in a variety of other ways to promote your library. Tine Walczyk

Persuasive Rhetoric ($) | 4 – 5:30pm
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. Julie Todaro
With many association-wide and unit awards, TLA's awards program allows us to say thank you and cheer on the best work occurring in Texas libraries. A full write-up of these winners is available in the TLA Media Room, and a full list of all unit awards (as reported to TLA publication staff) is available here.

Visit TLA at ALA Annual Chicago

TLA is exhibiting (booth #1114) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (June 23 – 27). Bring your library-loving colleagues to the TLA booth to pick up a Texans Love Libraries button, purchase the TLA Coloring Book benefiting the TLA Disaster Relief Fund, learn about TLA's reading lists, and enter a chance to win a free registration for the 2018 TLA Annual Conference.

Exhibit Hall Schedule:
Friday, June 23 5:30 – 7pm
Saturday, June 24 9am – 5pm
Sunday, June 25 9am – 5pm
Monday, June 26 9am – 2pm

If you are attending the ALA Annual Conference and are interested in volunteering your time to help at the TLA booth, please contact Sara Ortiz ( and reserve a time to volunteer. We hope to see you there!

Corporate Members

We thank our corporate members for their investment in TLA and Texas libraries. See some examples of initiatives facilitated through our corporate partnerships that are making a large contribution to Texas libraries.
Libraries Change Communities: Grand Prairie Public Library System

Librarian of the Year: Cynthia Cooksey, librarian, Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary School, McAllen ISD

Lifetime Achievement: Elizabeth Polk, assistant director, library media services, Austin Independent School District;
Patricia Helm Smith, executive director, Texas Library Association

Outstanding Services to Libraries: Audrey Dearing, Pflugerville Public Library

Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year: Potranco Branch Library, San Antonio Public Library