Program Report for Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2015



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Oh Behave! Behavioral Interviews

1:00 - 1:50 pm

How to tackle the behavioral interview. What kinds of questions are asked and how do you answer them?


Karen Landolt, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.
Conference Local Arrangements Committee.


CPE#361: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Promoting Arts Programming in the Library

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Libraries are embracing arts programming to target and attract new audiences. Speakers will offer tips to engage communities, strategies to promote events, and ideas to identify the library as an arts-friendly organization.

Morgan Gieringer, Special Libraries, University of North Texas Libraries; Claire B. Gunnels, Lone Star College - CyFair Branch Library; Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights Public Library.

Public Relations & Marketing Committee.



CPE#362: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Social Media and Marketing

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Libraries are using social media to share content, collaborate, and market library services. Panelists will review the use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and others to support library operations and goals. Learn what works for particular libraries and preview online trends.

Cesar Garza, Faulk Central Library, Austin Public Library, Virgina Haynie Gause, University of Texas - Pan American; and Katelyn Patterson, Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide (CTLS).

Conference Program Committee.
CPE#363: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Syncing Technology and Literature TEKS in the Elementary Library

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Create integrated technology and literature lessons that cover the TEKS and provide for higher level thinking while keeping it simple and easy to present. Speakers will share flexible lessons that can be shortened for rotation/time constraints or expanded for more depth.

Sally Rasch, Carroll Elementary School; and Jessica Scheller, Eiland Elementary, Klein ISD.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#366: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

TexShare Database Update

1:00 - 1:50 pm

TexShare staff provides an annual review of program resources and content updates. Promotional tools and training to maximize TexShare use at your library will be included.

Jay Velgos and Russlene Waukechon, Library Development and Networking Division, Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission.


CPE#364: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

The Tween/Teen Librarian Team: Collaborative Programming

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Round Rock Public Library (RRPL) implemented a program for tweens and teens – two traditionally distinct groups – as a way to keep tweens active in the library during their difficult bridge years between childhood and adolescence. Learn how RRPL built this program, brought in-house departments together in partnership, and assessed the program’s effectiveness.

Jane Dance and Amy German, Youth Services, Round Rock Public Library.

Young Adult Round Table and Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#367: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

US Citizenship Toolkit

1:00 - 1:50 pm

The free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit contains educational materials to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Toolkit materials also serve as supplemental teaching tools for volunteers and adult educators in classroom or community settings.

Jesús M. Ramírez, Dallas District Office, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Conference Program Committee.


Literacy Matters Advisory Board Meeting

1:00 - 1:50 pm



[Douglas Watkins]

CPE#347c: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Physics, Flight, and Friction - Using Kerbal Space Program and Portal 2 (Hands on Lab 6) (Ticketed; register online only)

1:00 – 2:50 pm

Grades 7+ Design and build your own spacecraft in Kerbal Space Program, experiencing the importance of Newton's Laws, aerodynamics and thrust as you attempt to make it into orbit. Or, solve complex puzzles by bending the laws of nature with portal technology, a rewarding hands-on approach to physics! [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Douglas L. Watkins, Kid Gamer Nation.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#368a: SBEC 0.5; TSLAC 0.5

Teen Ambassadors @ the Library (Contributed Papers Session I A)

2:00 - 2:20 pm

Note: Contributed paper entries are a special type of TLA event at which individuals present papers they have authored.

Cynthia Oser, xx.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#370: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

The 84th Legislative Session Update

2:00 - 2:50 pm

TLA’s advocacy team examines what’s at stake for Texas libraries in the 2015 legislative session. Find out about bills, funding proposals, and how to support library policies important to you and the people you serve. Be “in the know” when you get back to your library.

Jennifer LaBoon, Library Media Services, Fort Worth ISD; Gloria Meraz, Texas Library Association; and Rebeca Sullivan, Riter C. Hulsey Public Library.

Legislative Committee.


CPE#369: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

App Smashing: Unleash Elementary Student Creativity

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Let's smash some apps! App smashing is using multiple apps to create exciting multimedia products. You will learn which apps smash best and how to manage student project workflow. Enjoy viewing samples of elementary students’ projects.

Christa Harker, Bowie Elementary, Richardson ISD.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


[Jeff Lanza]

CPE#328: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Interacting with Law Enforcement

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Officers may arrive on site to deal with such things as nuisance behaviors, emergencies, and subpoenas. Recognize when to call law enforcement and what to do when officers arrive. This presentation from the perspective of a law enforcement official covers suggested protocols and behaviors for interacting with officers.

Jeff Lanza, The Lanza Group.

Conference Program Committee.


[Lori Arteaga]

CPE#371: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Lighthouse for the Blind’s Library Adaptive Equipment Sponsorship Program

2:00 - 2:50 pm

The Library Adaptive Equipment Sponsorship Program aims to remove barriers preventing the blind and visually impaired from accessing library and information services. Learn about technology and adaptive equipment available to assist these library users. The speaker shows how to secure the training and partnerships needed to implement a program in your library.

Lori Stimpson Arteaga, Lighthouse for the Blind.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#324: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Ready to Retire? Know Your Health Insurance Options

2:00 - 2:50 pm

A benefits counselor walks you through the choices and changes in health care and the process of evaluating your needs to choose the best plans. Understand how to protect benefits as you age and navigate Medicare and other programs such as dental, long-term care, and supplemental policies.

Ron J. Rosenstein, Legacy Insurance Services.

Retired Librarians (ALIVE) Interest Group and Conference Program Committee.


CPE#372: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Bucking Tradition: Innovative Approaches to Academic Liaisons

2:00 - 3:20 pm

From embedded librarianship to social media efforts, these academic librarians maximized their role in outreach using innovative strategies and implementing technology in creative ways. They’ll share their insights on collaborating with faculty and non-academic departments to enhance student learning and success.

Douglas M. Campbell, University of North Texas Libraries; Hollie Gardner, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University; Amy Pajewski, Cornette Library, West Texas A&M University; Tara M. Schmidt, Faculty Services, University of Texas at San Antonio.

College & University Libraries Division and Reference & Information Services Round Table.


CPE#373: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Collection Development for Non-English Speakers

2:00 - 3:20 pm

How are librarians addressing the need for collection development for non-English, bilingual, and multilingual audiences? A diverse panel suggests ways to enhance resources to better align with community needs and explores issues in multilingual collection development and related controversies.

Aracelli Astorga, Dorris Van Doren Regional Library, El Paso Public Library; Elizabeth Avery, consultant; Aurea L. Galindo, Bowie High School, El Paso ISD; Maryam B. Mathis, James Bowie Elementary; and Maria E. Rodriguez, Robert T. Hill Middle School, Dallas ISD.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#375: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

How New Librarians Can Become Leaders

2:00 - 3:20 pm

Enhance your future and keep the profession strong! Find out what opportunities and resources are available to help new librarians build skills, make connections, and prepare for leadership positions.

Treva Shawn Anderson, W. I. Dykes Library, University of Houston-Downtown; Stacy Cameron, Library and Media Services, Frisco ISD; Christina H. Gola, M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston; Ashlynn Kogut, Texas Medical Center Library; Dionne Mack, El Paso Public Library; and Karen Vargas, National Network of Medicine, South Central Region.

Conference Program Committee.


[Henry Bankhead]

CPE#374: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Promoting e-Book Self-Publishing at the Public Library

2:00 - 3:20 pm

A California library established a pioneering partnership with Smashwords, an e-book self-publishing platform. This collaboration includes co-branding, shared programming, and mobile self-publishing labs. The town librarian, a 2014 [Library Journal] Mover and Shaker, details the advantages and challenges for libraries, authors, and readers in this rapidly changing landscape.

Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Library (CA).

Public Libraries Division.


UNconference: Discussions, Frustrations, & Ideas on Topics You Choose

2:00 - 3:20 pm

This participant-guided forum features breakout sessions chosen by the audience. Bring ideas, best practices, or frustrations on emerging technologies, MOOCs, assessment, cloud computing, advancement and tenure, or whatever.

College & University Libraries Division.
CPE#378: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Collaborating, Creating, Learning: Makerspaces @ School

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Makerspaces are all the rage. Find out how several school librarians implemented Makerspaces across grade levels and how you can use the concept to encourage creative thinking, collaboration, innovation, STEAM skills, and student-led learning. Includes hands-on playtime!

Veronica Barajas, Jones Middle School; Lisa Hettler, Cody Elementary; and Connie M. Lippenholz, Brandeis High School, Northside ISD.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#340: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC: 2.0

Effective Presentation Skills for All

2:00 – 3:50 pm

Whether you teach research skills to college students, interview with the media, lead storytime, or defend the library's budget before a governing board, we all improve our success with effective presentation skills! Learn to analyze your audience, organize your presentation, and engage your audience.

Dora Elia Saavedra, Communication Studies, University of Texas-Pan American.

Conference Program Committee.

[Jessica Brody; Kiera Cass; Cecil Castelluci; Lydia Kang Lauren Oliver;

CPE#379: SBEC 1.5 **BUSINESS MEETING Icon

Explore the Science in the YA Science Fiction and Dystopian Genres

2:00 - 3:50 pm

What is the difference between science fiction and dystopian literature, and how is science affecting both genres? Some of today’s top YA authors answer these questions and discuss their works. [A business meeting precedes the program.]

Jessica Brody and Cecil Castellucci, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group; Kiera Cass and Lauren Oliver, HarperCollins Children's Books; and Lydia Kang, Penguin Random House.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Avi; Lydia Gil; Mark Goldblatt; Karen Harrington; Kat Yeh]

CPE#349: SBEC 1.0

Help Children Cope: Real Life, Real Issues

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Life can be tough, but kids can overcome through bravery, wit, luck, friendship, family, and sometimes recipes! Learn from writers who craft middle-grade novels about kids coping with important life issues.

Avi, Workman; Lydia Gil, Arte Público Press; Mark Goldblatt, Penguin Books for Young Readers; Karen Harrington and Kat Yeh, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Children's Round Table.


CPE#348: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5 **BUSINESS MEETING icon

ILL, Discovery Services, and Reference

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Discovery services increase ILL requests. A panel of librarians and staff will describe tips, best practices, and problems associated with discovery services in combination with Illiad, Worldshare ILL, and Navigator ILL. [A business meeting follows the program.]

Eric Frierson, EBSCO Information Services; Karen Nelson Hendrick, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University; and Pamela F. Johnston, University of North Texas Libraries.

Interlibrary Loan & Resource Sharing Round Table.


[Carol Brey; Silja Kallenbach]



CPE#382: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Promoting Literacy Globally, Nationally, Statewide, and Locally

2:00 - 3:50 pm

The panel shares lessons learned in promoting literacy at local, state, national, and international levels. This discussion highlights the importance of diverse initiatives and strategies to develop a literate and educated citizenry and the role librarians play in this universal struggle.

Carol Brey, U.S. State Department; Silja Kallenbach, World Education, Inc.; and Dianna Morganti, Central Reference, San Antonio Public Library.

Conference Program Committee.



CPE#383: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0 **BUSINESS MEETING icon

SMART Award Presentations

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Hear from current SMART Award finalists. The SMART Award recognizes individuals who developed initiatives to streamline a program, save the library money, or help the library run more smoothly. [A business meeting follows the program.]

Brent Bloechle, Plano Public Library; Lisa Loranc, Brazoria County Library System; and Kerry Montz, North Branch, Denton Public Library.

Supervision, Management, & Administration Round Table.


[Chris Tomlinson] (Jill Essbaum; Jeff Guinn; Amanda Ward; Colleen Hoover

CPE#377: SBEC 2.0

State Treasures: Texan Authors

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Join this lively panel discussion on all matters Texan! Texas authors regale with the two-stepping, tale-wrangling narratives that capture this spirt of our state.

Jill Alexander Essbaum, Jeff Guinn, and Amanda Ayre Ward, Penguin Random House; Colleen Hoover, Simon & Schuster; and Chris Tomlinson, Macmillan-Adult.

Public Libraries Division.


***Youth Group Technology Strand.

CPE#384: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Tech Your Story: Design Your Online Library Presence

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Use your storytelling skills to design an online presence that tells your library's story through web albums, video, blog platforms, and social media. Engage users in the story of your school and its library programs and events.

Nancy L. Lambert, McSpedden Elementary, Frisco ISD; and Tim Tingle, author and storyteller.

Children's Round Table.


CPE#380: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Tips for Successfully Negotiating e-Resource Acquisitions

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Librarians and vendors discuss building relationships with an emphasis on successful contract negotiations. Audience members learn how to articulate their needs, outline their constraints to vendors, and address vendor expectations.

Michael Bills, Baker & Taylor, Inc.; David Conkling, ProQuest; Edward J. Smith, Abilene Library Consortium; and Russlene Waukechon, Library Development and Networking Division, Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

Electronic Resources & Serials Management Round Table and College & University Libraries Division.


[Samantha Becker; Larry Johnson; Miguel Figueroa]

CPE#381: SBEC 3.5; TSLAC 3.5 *President’s Program

The Future of Libraries

2:00 – 5:20 pm

In 2014, the American Library Association held a summit that focused a national conversation about the role, opportunities, and challenges for libraries in the years to come. Become acquainted with both the evolving Center for the Future of Libraries and the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Reports on emerging technologies. Hear from futurists and colleagues who are influencing change in our profession. Contribute your own ideas and concerns to this critical dialogue.

Samantha Becker and Larry Johnson, New Media Consortium; and Miguel Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association.

Special Libraries Division, College & University Libraries Division, and Texas State Library & Archives Commission.


CPE#368b: SBEC 0.5; TSLAC 0.5

In the Edit Bay: Connecting New Students to Libraries at Orientation through Video (Contributed Papers Session I B)

2:30 - 2:50 pm

Note: Contributed paper entries are a special type of TLA event at which individuals present papers they have authored.

Hollie Gardner, Central University Libraries, and Tyeson Seal, xx, Southern Methodist University.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#368c: SBEC 0.5; TSLAC 0.5

Kapow! Teens Creating Comics (Contributed Papers Session I C)

3:00 - 3:20 pm

Note: Contributed paper entries are a special type of TLA event at which individuals present papers they have authored.

Kendra Albright and Karen Gavigan, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#387: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Are You Expected to Be the School Copyright Expert?

3:00 - 3:50 pm

Do you worry about copyright? Are you concerned about instructors showing videos in class or copying book chapters? Do you fear students and faculty putting materials online? The speaker will answer these questions and more about licensed content and fair use.

Carlos Ovalle, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Association of School Library Administrators.



CPE #347d: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Build Your Own App Part I- Basics and Overview (Hands on Lab 7) (Ticketed; register online only)

3:00 – 3:50 pm

This presentation is an introductory course to mobile apps. In this presentation Mark Montgomery and Becky Odajima will provide the basics and overview of an app and what you can do with a mobile app. This is a beginner’s course. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Mark Montgomery, Hart Bluff ISD; and Becky Odajima, Midway High School, Midway ISD.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#388: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

The Maker Spot: Igniting Community Creativity

3:00 - 3:50 pm

See how 4,800 square feet of space has been designed to become an agile and versatile Makerspace that can change at any time with no fixed walls to interfere with creativity. The Maker Spot NRH comprises partnerships with makers, school districts, and 13 different libraries sharing a common vision.

Cecilia Barham, Administration; Christine Evans, Marketing; Todd Humble, Library Services; and Michael Spagnuolo, Circulation, North Richland Hills Library.

Automation & Technology Round Table.


[Dyer Avatar Run even though Renee is Texas]

CPE#365: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

New Social Media: School Kids Tell Us What’s In

3:00 - 3:50 pm

One day it’s “hella cool”; the next day you’re left wondering, “Where did all my followers go?” Learn from the new social technology experts how to identify the best new social media apps for each age group, how to set up an account, and how to resolve potential problems. Elementary, middle, and high school students share what’s really in and what they and their peers are using. Don’t miss this session. YOLO.


Ethan Dyer, Science Academy of South Texas, South Texas ISD; Jack Dyer, Central Middle School; Logan Dyer, Memorial Elementary School; and Renee Dyer, Weslaco East High School, Weslaco ISD.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#386: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Resources for K-12 Lesson Plans in the Portal to Texas History

3:00 - 3:50 pm

The Portal to Texas History's companion website, Resources for Educators, has more than 50 lesson plans for 4th and 7th graders as well as strategies for junior high and high school instruction, incorporating primary source materials from over 200 institutions. Learn how to use these tools, search the archives and online resources, and create your own lesson plans.

Ana Krahmer, University of North Texas Libraries.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#342: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Salary Negotiation: You Owe It To Yourself

3:00 - 3:50 pm

What you need to know to negotiate like a pro.

April Kessler, University of Texas at Austin Libraries.

Conference Local Arrangements Committee.


CPE#3998: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Update on School Library Standards Revisions

3:00 - 3:50 pm

The State Library and Archives Commission is revising School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas, a tool for assessing, supporting, and promoting school libraries. Learn about the goals of the revision process, regulatory procedures involved, working groups undertaking this effort, and opportunities to provide input.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

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