TLACast Newsletter
TLA News
August 2017
Volume. 36 No. 5
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Changing conference dates is a very complex undertaking. Contracts for the convention center and for TLA's 11 hotels will be amended in the next few weeks. Existing exhibit booth contracts, speaker contracts, etc. will subsequently be revised.

Please rest assured that if you have already made your hotel reservations your rooms will be secured for the April 3-6 dates. OnPeak, our housing vendor, will be reaching out mid-September with information regarding adjusting and re-confirming all reservations that have already been made. For anyone looking to make a new hotel reservation please wait for the housing website to re-open mid-September. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Please add onPeak as well as TLA to your safe sender list (whitelist) to ensure that you receive future emails.

TLA conference dates are set 10 years in advance of an annual conference, and TLA makes every effort to avoid the STAAR testing schedule. TLA has been in contact with the TEA Student Assessment Division and the Commissioner of Education to confirm that the new dates are in fact the final dates, and to urge consistency in scheduling future test dates.

Moving the 2018 TLA conference date is preferable to being in conflict with STAAR which would make it difficult for many school librarians to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered at a TLA conference.

SXSW PanelPicker Deadline: Friday, August 25
Texas Library Association and Texas State Library and Archives Commission are teaming up to bring a Powered Libraries panel to SXSW, The Power of Libraries, Partnership, and Place. The panel will discuss how libraries have strategically poised themselves by investing in essential services, such as literacy programs, communal meeting spaces, and technology “petting zoos" that provide opportunities to explore 3-D printers, among other tools. The program will also delve into how libraries are preparing for the future and how others can emulate the adaptive nature of libraries.

Cast your vote, leave a comment, and show your support before voting closes on Friday, August 25 (11:59 PM CT)!

Powered Libraries Video Premiere Schedule
Starting August 9th, tune into weekly as Powered Libraries (a TLA initiative) unveils a new video each Wednesday leading up to Power Up at Your Library Week, October 1-7. That's eight library video spotlights over the span of eight weeks. In each video, viewers will see creative programming in action, hear dedicated librarians share vital stories, and learn about how Texas libraries are forming powerful partnerships and adopting innovative practices. The video premiere schedule:
August 9 | Midland County Public Libraries
August 16 | The University of Texas at El Paso Library (C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections)
August 23 | Austin ISD Buford the Book Bus
August 30 | Tom Green County Library System - Stephens Central Library STEAM Central
September 6 | El Paso Public Library Sow. Grow. RepEat. Seed Library
September 13 | McDonald Observatory Library
September 20 | Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Tribal Empowerment Library
September 27 | Marathon Public Library
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.
Update: Federal Library Funding
On July 19, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed an FY2018 spending bill that fully funds the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program (IAL) at current levels. The bill provides a $20 million increase for the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • $231 million for IMLS, including LSTA
  • $27 million for IAL
  • $413.9 million for NLM

The full House will consider the bill when members of Congress return from their summer recess after Labor Day. The Senate is expected to begin deliberations on a spending bill after recess.

The August recess is a perfect time to engage with local elected officials, and share the interesting and exciting programs your library provides. Invite them to a library program or event. Visit them in their district offices and share information on the impact you have on your community. Those local connections and stories are essential to our continued success! Check out our online Advocacy Primer for ideas and feel free to contact Wendy Woodland, with any questions.

Thank You to Our Donors!
The Texas Library Association appreciates the support and donations from individuals and foundations which help advance the association's mission to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.

CONTRIBUTIONS | July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
• Charles and Dana Rooks for a planned giving bequest

CHAMPION ($2,000 - $49,000)
• Janis Roberson: Wayne Williams Fund, Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence
• Tocker Foundation: Membership, Executive Leadership Immersion, Annual Conference

PILLAR ($1,000-$1,999)
• Carol Bartz: Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence, TLA Disaster Relief Fund for Texas, Executive Leadership Immersion
• Sherilyn and David Bird Family Charitable Fund: Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence
• Exxon-Mobile Foundation-Matching Gift Programs: Pat Smith Endowment for Innovation, TLA Disaster Relief Fund for Texas


GUARDIAN ($500-$749)

PROMOTER ($250-$499)
• Danielle Plumer: Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence
• The RK Culinary Group: Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence

MENTOR ($100-$249)
• Sharon Amastae: TLA Disaster Relief Fund for Texas
• Steven Brown: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Suzanne Byron: New Member Round Table Endowment Fund
• Maribel Castro: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Joe Dahlstrom: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Rhoda Goldberg: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Jo Guidice: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Patrick Heath: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Jennifer LaBoon: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Craig and Monika Llorens: Excellence Fund for Libraries and Learning
• Michael Maraldo: Acquisitions and Collection Development Round Table
• Patrick Margaret: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Dale McNeill: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation, Acquisitions and Collection Development Round Table, District 06, Electronic Resources & Serials Management Round Table, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Round Table, Intergalactic Dance Club Round Table, Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Round Table, Small Community Libraries Round Table
• Kelly Melody: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Michael Mendez: Tall Texans Institute
• Catherine Park: Elizabeth Crabb Fund
• Vera Reynolds: Excellence Fund for Libraries and Learning
• Gleniece Robinson: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Dana Rooks: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Patricia Smith: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Herman Totten: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Sandra Waltmon: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation
• Roosevelt Weeks: Pat Smith Endowment Fund for Innovation

PATRON ($50-$99)
• Deneitra Hutchinson: Children's Round Table
• Phi Tran: Digital Libraries Round Table

PATRON ($50-99) Pat Smith Endowment for Innovation Contributors
• Sharon Amastae
• Cleveland Ana
• Naomi Bates
• Walter and Kristi Betts
• Cindy Boyle
• Yvonne Chandler
• Victoria Chiavetta
• Mary Cohrs
• Evelyn Curry
• Jane Darling
• Maurice Fortin
• Douglas Ferrier
• Sheila Ross-Henderson
• Katheryn Hoffman
• Jana Knezek
• Andrea Lapsley
• Susan Mann
• Leonard McCown
• Network for Good
• Gretchen Pruett
• Mari Perroni
• Mark Smith
• James Stewart
• Jeanne Standley
• Rebecca Sullivan
• Carrye Syma
• Jack Siggins
• Maureen Sullivan
• Jill Sumpter
• Mary Woodard
• Jerilynn Williams
• Syma Zerkow
DONOR LEVEL ($15-49) Pat Smith Endowment for Innovation Contributors
• Cecilia Barham
• Rebecca Bichel
• Carolyn Brewer
• Cynthia Buchanan
• Daniel Burgard
• Margaret Carty
• Stacy Cameron
• Christine Crowley
• Kate DiPronio
• Norma Fultz
• Stephanie Fulton
• Nora Galvan
• Carrie Gits
• Mark Gottschalk
• Tosca Gonsalves
• Terry Roper
• Miriam Rodriguez
• David Schuster
• Dina Sherman
• Mary Lynn Skinner
• David Smith
• Linda Stevens
• Janis Test
• Deanna Thompson
• Mary Townsend
• Patricia Tumulty
• Ami Uselman
• Helena VonVille
• Susi Grissom
• DL Grant
• Dorcas Hand
• Debbie Hail
• Danae Hall
• Debbie Hathaway
• Elizabeth Haynes
• Kathy Hillman
• Elizabeth Howard
• Mary Jo Humphreys
• Barbara Immroth
• Barbara Jansen
• Ling Hwey Jeng
• Angelina Johnson
• Devery Johnson
• Victoria Kemp
• Donna Kearley
Meller Langford
• Judith Lutz
• Howard Marks
• Edward McPherson
• Natalie Morgan
• Lisa Muilenberg
• Ann Noble
• Patricia Ogea
• Gay Patrick
• Christine Peterson
• Cynthia Pfledderer
• Jodi Philbrick
• Elizabeth Philippi
Executive Director Search Update
The TLA Search Committee met on August 7-8 to conduct Skype interviews with eight candidates for Executive Director. After the interviews, the search committee identified four candidates as finalists. The finalists will be interviewed in Austin on August 24. In addition to the interviews, they will tour the TLA headquarters and meet with staff. A selection recommendation is anticipated to be made to the Executive Board by the end of the month.

TLA President and Search Committee Chair Ling Hwey Jeng praised the diverse candidate pool as outstanding and exciting, and thanked members, and committee and unit chairs who submitted interview questions. Sharon Amastae, Yvonne Chandler, Jennifer LaBoon, Susan Mann, Gloria Meraz, and Dana Rooks served as members of the search committee.

TLA Coloring Book Fundraiser a Success
Thank you to everyone that purchased a TLA Coloring Book this year! Almost $3,000 was raised to benefit the TLA Disaster Relief Fund. Curated by Texas librarians, the one-of-a-kind books feature over 60 images donated by nationally-recognized illustrators and Texas artists.

We are offering the remaining coloring books for half price ($10 for a set of two books) for a limited time. Visit the TLA Store and stock up while supplies last– these make wonderful and unique gifts! If there are any books remaining, we will donate them to area retirement homes, assisted living centers, senior centers, and hospitals.

Fall 2017 District Meetings
The following is information available as of August 7.
District 1 | September 23
Abilene Public Library

District 2 | September 26

District 3 | October 6 | 8am – 4pm
Austin Community College,
Eastview Campus

District 4 | November 3
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg Campus
District 5 | October 14 | 9am – 3pm
Texarkana College,
Truman Arnold Center

District 6 | October 21
El Paso Community College, Northwest Campus Library

Distrtict 7 | September 29
Texas Woman's University,
Blagg-Huey Library
Registration opens at 9am
District 8 | October 14 | 9am – 2pm
University of Houston,
M.D. Anderson Library

District 9 | October 28

District 10 | October 14
Harlan High School
San Antonio
2018 TLA Annual Conference Shifts to New Dates
The TLA Executive Board has approved a change in the 2018 Annual Conference dates to April 3-6 in Dallas. This change was necessitated by a shift in STAAR testing dates as recently announced by the Texas Education Agency. After learning that the April 10-13 dates were in direct conflict with the new testing dates, TLA staff immediately contacted the City of Dallas to determine if there was any flexibility in the schedule. We were pleased to learn on Friday, August 6 that another group agreed to exchange dates with TLA.