TLACast Newsletter
TLA News
June 2017
Volume. 36 No. 4
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LibAnswers: TLA Trial

User empowerment was one of the key themes that emerged from the TLA Website Contextual Inquiry and user testing session at last year's Assembly. Participants shared that they generally were able to find information because they had received training on how to use the website. However, even these trained users sometime had difficulty. Users should not need training to find information and use website features. A website that is difficult to use, will not be used! It is clear that the TLA website processes need to be streamlined, and we need to find ways to make information more readily accessible.

TLA is investigating LibAnswers as a possible tool to simplify and streamline access to information for website users and TLA members. A TLA Answers box is on the home page for users to ask questions, and the FAQ link takes users to the TLA FAQs in LibAnswers.

We need your feedback! Please help us test this system over the next few weeks. Search for information, submit questions, suggest content that should be added to the FAQs, and make recommendations for how TLA might best use this tool.

Then join TLA staff at The Future of Brainstorming Session during Assembly, Saturday, July 8 at 4pm.

Executive Director Search Update

The Executive Director Search Committee met on May 31 to re-energize the search process. As a result, an addendum to the original Executive Director Succession Plan was approved by the Executive Board, along with an updated job announcement posted on TLA Jobline. The Search Committee invites all TLA members to consider potential executive director candidates and to encourage them to apply. The position announcement will be open until filled. However applications received by June 30 will be given first consideration.

As the next step, TLA President Ling Hwey Jeng and the Executive Director Search Committee invite you to submit interview questions for the Search Committee's possible use during the next cycle of interviews. The Search Committee would appreciate the involvement of our member groups in suggesting these all-important questions. Please communicate with your officers to brainstorm possible questions and to submit them during the Chairs Training session at the Annual Assembly (Thursday, July 6, 7pm) or via email directly to Dr. Jeng, at

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.