Program Report for Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2015



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Legislative Committee Meeting

3:00 - 3:50 pm
CPE#368d: SBEC 0.5

Serving Diverse Users in the Digital Age (Contributed Papers Session I D)

3:30 - 3:50 pm

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

Yunfei Du, Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#313c: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Amigos e-Shelf: A Report from the Real World (Net Fair)

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Amigos e-Shelf allows libraries to introduce or supplement e-book access. Amigos obtains content directly from publishers, reducing expense and restrictions added by third-party distributors. Librarians discuss how e-Shelf has fit into their library and affected staff and users.

Christine Peterson, Amigos Library Services.

Automation & Technology Round Table.
CPE #347e: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Build Your Own App Part II – The Building of a Mobile App (Hands on Lab 8) (Ticketed; register online only)
4:00 – 4:50 pm

During this Hands-on presentation, Mark Montgomery and Becky Odajima will guide attendees on how to plan and create an app. They will also discuss various service providers. At the end of the program attendees will learn how to build an app from start to end. [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#3997: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

The Choice” - Push the Button for TexQuest Collaboration in Elementary Schools



4:00 - 4:50 pm

Have fun with the TexQuest team as they "audition" ideas for promoting online resources before a panel of elementary school "judges." Will innovative approaches make them “turn their chairs”? Take away imaginative marketing ideas for engaging teachers on your campus.

Len Bryan, Library Development and Networking Division, Texas State Library & Archives Commission; Lorraine Mettham, Library Services, Amarillo ISD; Melissa Rippy, Library & Instruction Materials, Pasadena ISD; Martha Rossi and Ann Vyoral, ESC, Region 20.

Conference Program Committee.


[Jeff Lanza]

CPE#329: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Crisis Communication Following an Incident in a Library

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Returning to normalcy after a crisis often depends on how information is communicated. This presentation covers proactive steps to develop and deliver effective messaging. Learn to communicate with key stakeholders, minimize the spread of damaging information, and shepherd your library through crisis.

Jeff Lanza, The Lanza Group.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#390: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Cyber Security in the Library

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Libraries must be vigilant in a world of technology security risks. Library tech veterans offer strategies for protecting networks, PCs, email, and users from security threats: fraud, identity theft, malware, viruses, Trojans, trolls, and all-around creepy stuff.

Chris Martinez and Gene Rollins, Harris County Public Library.

Public Libraries Division.


[Richard Allington]

CPE#393: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Does Self-Selection Affect Student Reading Achievement?

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Librarians have long been proponents of student choice in reading material selection. Learn the four factors that influence student achievement and whether research validates a correlation between student choice and academic success.

Richard L. Allington, Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


Private School Librarians' Chill Out (Ticketed)

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Join colleagues from private K-12 schools across Texas for some networking and a sweet afternoon treat.

TASL-Private School Discussion Group Division and Texas Association of School Librarians.
CPE#3994: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Weeding: It’s Not a Crime

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Librarians often feel like they are killing the collection when they discard books. The opposite is actually true! Discover ways to strengthen your collection using the classic CREW method for weeding. The presenter, author of the CREW Manual, will also discuss special considerations in weeding modern hybrid (print and e-book) collections.

Jeanette Larson, Larson Library Consulting.

Conference Program Committee.


[Tammy Tang]

CPE#395: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Beyond Copy & Paste: Building Integrated Technology Projects

4:00 - 5:20 pm

How can we stop students from copying and pasting from the Internet and submitting the work as their own? Design assignments that motivate good research behavior and guard against plagiarism. Integrate technology into the curriculum and build projects that let students shine.

Tammy Worcester Tang, ESSDACK (Hutchison, KS).

Texas Association of School Librarians.


[Melissa Huber; Eric Lupfer]

CPE#397: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Grant Writing: Getting Starting, Getting Finished

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Seeking funds for a special project or program? The panel will guide you through the grant writing process: researching funding sources, reviewing tools and grant writing websites, and crafting successful applications.

Melissa Huber and Eric Lupfer, Humanities Texas; Erica A. McCormick, Library Development and Networking Division Texas State Library & Archives Commission; and Darryl Tocker, Tocker Foundation.

Conference Program Committee.


[Francisco Almaraz; Megan Schneider]

CPE#398: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Job Seekers at the Library: Using Workforce Partnerships to Enhance Services

4:00 - 5:20 pm

To raise awareness and share best practices for Library-Workforce Partnerships. Connect with your local workforce board and pull in some federal funding.

Francisco Almaraz, Executive Office, Workforce Solutions; Sheri Foreman Elder, Houston Center for Literacy; Edward Lopez, Hidalgo Public Library; Megan Schneider, Houston Center for Literacy.

Workforce-Library Partnerships Task Force and Texas State Library & Archives Commission.


CPE#399: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Nuts and Bolts of Adult Programming

4:00 - 5:20 pm

This session features adult library programs involving performers and presenters. The speakers will share strategies for contracting talent as well as drawing an audience through marketing and outreach.

Susan Chandler, Nesbitt Memorial Library; Bette McDowell, Pflugerville Public Library; and Sarah Timm, Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Programming for Adults Round Table.


CPE#3990: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Proving the Power of a Community College Library

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Community college libraries can collaborate with other campus departments to collect data demonstrating the contribution of libraries to student success and retention. Speakers will provide a guide for assessing library impact and using this data to improve support.

Cody A. Gregg, South Texas College; Mary McCoy, Ron E Lewis Library, Lamar State College; Danelle Toups, Trinity River Campus, Tarrant County College.

College & University Libraries Division.


CPE#392: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Rags to Riches: Recycling Books for Fun, Fashion, and Furniture

4:00 - 5:20 pm

The crafty bibliophile returns with new and creative ways to turn old and worthless decommissioned books into works of art, fashion, and furniture for fundraising and programming. Impress your supporters, decision-makers, and customers while looking cool and green at the same time!

Julia M. Ousley, consultant.

Library Friends, Trustees, & Advocates Round Table.


***Youth Group Technolgy Strand.

CPE#3991: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Unsure about the difference between STEM and STEAM? Need STEAM resources or help marketing your programs to the community? Join this interactive panel and learn how to use STEAM/STEM programming to market your library.

Jane Dance, Round Rock Public Library; Jean Meadors, Owen Hopkins Branch, and Joshua Romero, Ben F. McDonald Branch, Corpus Christi Public Libraries; Jennifer Rike, Timberview High School, Mansfield ISD; Corpus Christi Public Libraries; and Catherine Ward-Crixell, New Braunfels Public Library.

Young Adult Round Table and Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#3992: SBEC 1.5

Texas Tea: Meet and Greet over 50 YA Authors (Ticketed)

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Join us for the fourth annual Texas Tea, the premier event for YA literature enthusiasts. Librarians stay put as over 50 YA authors move from table to table sharing stories over tea and pastries. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Young Adult Round Table.
CPE#3993: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Things Every New Librarian Should Know to Get Hired!

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Calling all librarians looking for that first job! A panel of administrators detail skills librarians should have when they graduate from a MLS program and what employers look for in a successful hire. Use these valuable insights to understand the competencies needed to enter the job market.

Sherilyn Bird, Texas Woman's University; Toni Lambert, Austin Public Library; and Liz Philippi, Houston ISD.

Conference Program Committee.


[Elisha Cooper; Molly Idle]

CPE#3995: SBEC 1.5

Ultimate Picture Book Sketch-Off

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Witness the amazing feat of highly-accomplished picture book illustrators competing in TLA’s first Illustrator Sketch-Off! Each round of sketches will be timed and centered around a theme or topic provided by the guest emcee or -- quite possibly -- attendees.

Elisha Cooper, Scholastic Inc.; Molly Schaar Idle, Penguin Random House; John Rocco, Candlewick Press; John Trischitti, Midland County Library; and Evan Turk, Simon & Schuster.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#3996: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Yuyi Morales: Coming of Age

4:00 - 5:20 pm

Yuyi Morales’ latest book [Niño Wrestles the World] is a universal story of fun, bravery, and the energy of youth. Join her for a discussion of her books.

Yuyi Morales, author and illustrator.

Latino Caucus Round Table.



Texas Library Association Membership Meeting

5:30 - 6:00 pm

Bring your ideas and observations to this annual forum for all TLA members. Discuss a hot issue facing TLA. Also learn the winners of Friday’s Hetherington Fun Run/Walk.

Sync Up! with Public Libraries: the Public Library Division Membership Party

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hilton Austin Hotel, Liberty Tavern, 500 East 4th Street

After a long day of conferencing, come relax with your fellow public librarians! Light appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar. We'll also have photo opportunities and prizes. See you there!

Public Libraries Division.


Battledecks IV: Keeping Weird in Austin

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Competing presenters will speak for four minutes on 10 slides which they have never seen. Who will have the wit to forge a coherent talk out of chaos? Learn how mental dexterity, poise, and wildly random graphics can combine to create spontaneous comedy.

Ted Wanner, Texas Library Association.

New Members Round Table and TALL Texans Round Table.


CPE#EF386: SBEC 2.0

Storytelling Round Table Business Meeting/Story Swap

6:30 - 9:00 pm

Librarians, storytellers, and TLA attendees are invited to come, listen, and swap stories. [A business meeting precedes the program.]

Storytelling Round Table.
President’s Party

8:00 – 10:00 pm

This event will be at the Austin Convention Center. Scope Note?

Conference Local Arrangements Committee.
Schedule of Events- Thursday, April 16

All sessions are open to all attendees.


Registration 7 am – 5 pm

Sync Up Station 7 am - 5 pm

Placement Center 8 am – 4 pm

Internet Room 8 am – 5 pm

TLA Store 8 am – 5 pm

Exhibits 9 am – 4 pm

Bag Check 9 am – 6 pm

**Place in Box like an add:

Texas Teens 4 Libraries (TT4L) – For Teens Only - Ticketed, register online only through the Young Adult Round Table website.

8:00 am – 2:30 pm

TLA and YART are once again sponsoring the Texas Teens 4 Libraries (TT4L event during annual conference. TT4L is designed to encourage the active participation of teens in TLA’s annual conference by offering them the opportunity to talk informally with YA authors, exposure to what’s new in YA literature, and interact with other Texas young adults who share their interest in reading, technology, and libraries. Add link to the YART website here.


Sync Up Station: Your Destination for Imagination, Collaboration, and Innovation **Place in Box.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

What is the Sync Up Station? It’s a dedicated space where TLA members can come together to share, learn, create, meet, and so much more. You can gather at the Station’s tables and chairs to have a quick meeting, hold an impromptu session, continue a conversation with a speaker, or just recharge your batteries. Sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead or just show up. The area is big enough for several groups to meet at once. Check out the topics each day to see what interests you. Find the Sync Up Station near Registration, right outside of Exhibits.

Conference Program Committee.
Hetherington XXVIII Fun Run/Walk: The Third Volume of the TLA TRIlogy (Ticketed)

7:00 - 8:30 am

Meet at the corner of Trinity and 4th Street (look for the “health events” sign). Bus will depart at 6:45 am.

The 28th annual 5K Fun Run/Walk will be at Austin’s famous hike and bike trail. This premier outdoor destination is located along Lady Bird Lake. Hetherington Run/Walk participants will have the chance to celebrate the city’s history and beautiful outdoors! Check-in is at 7:00 am at the run site. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt and refreshments. First, second, and third place awards will be given for the men’s run, the women’s run, and for the walk. Participation in all three TRIlogy events is not required. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Conference Local Arrangements Committee.
Archives, Genealogy, & Local History Round Table Business Meeting

7:45 - 8:15 am
College & University Libraries Division All-Committee Meeting

7:45 - 8:15 am
Distance E-Learning Round Table Business Meeting

7:45 - 8:15 am
[Susan Ballard; Carol Diedrichs; Vailey Oehlke]

CPE#403: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Directors’ Symposium: Making Your Library Indispensable (Ticketed)

8:00 - 9:50 am

Leaders from academic, public, and school libraries share strategies for promoting services and getting stakeholders to understand and value the essential contributions your library makes. From building cohesion among staff to preparing for those moments of opportunity (think “elevator speeches”), these leaders provide real world tips on shaping a stronger future for your institution. [Breakfast tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.] [Menu includes salad, entrée, sides, dessert, and beverages].

Susan Ballard, School of Education/School Library, Granite State College, University System of New Hampshire; Carol Pitts Diedrichs, University Libraries, Ohio State University, and Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah Public Library (OR).

Conference Program Committee.


District 5 Business Meeting

8:20 - 8:50 am
District 6 Business Meeting

8:20 - 8:50 am
District 8 Business Meeting

8:20 - 8:50 am
District 10 Business Meeting

8:20 - 8:50 am

CPE#448a: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Hanging Out with Google (Hands on Lab 9) (Ticketed; register online only)

8:30 – 9:50 am

Google Hangouts allows collaboration in real time with colleagues, authors and students around the globe. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Learn how to plan a live hangout, invite participants, and record and publish the hangout on YouTube. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Michelle Cooper, Henderson ISD.

Conference Program Committee.


[John Rocco]

CPE#405: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

15th Annual Texas 2x2 Showcase: Books for 2 Years thru 2nd Grade

9:00 - 9:50 am

The Texas 2x2 Reading List Committee will introduce the titles on the current list and showcase activities and resources you can use to promote all 20 books. Author John Rocco joins the festivities and will discuss his 2x2 books: [Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom] and [How to Train a Train].

John Rocco, Candlewick Press and Disney Hyperion.

Children's Round Table.


CPE#407: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Come to the Flipping Library! Instruction at Home, Homework at School

9:00 - 9:50 am

What does "flipping curriculum" mean in the library? The speakers cover the basics of flipping the library curriculum, review free tech tools to help create engaging lessons, and offer examples of flipped lessons for all levels.

Angela C. Hall, Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock ISD; and Daniella Smith, School of Library & Information Sciences, University of North Texas.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#446: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Competency-Based Learning and Curriculum Design for an Undergraduate LIS Degree

9:00 - 9:50 am

Competency-based learning focuses on the mastery of specific hands-on skills. This session explores how to imbue a curriculum with this strand. The speaker will highlight UNT’s revised BS degree in Information Science as an example. Through curriculum design, an educational institution can offer students the means to acquire such skills through direct and indirect studies, mentoring, internships, and a practicum.

Suliman Hawamdeh, College of Information, University of North Texas.

University of North Texas.


CPE#412: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Data Visualization: An Evaluation Tool

9:00 - 9:50 am

Data visualization is a powerful tool for understanding and evaluating complex data. Learn how to use data visualization to unpack hidden relationships and discover new insights in the information you must evaluate and use to make decisions.

Kyle Walker, Department of History & Geography, Texas Christian University.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#406: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Embedded Librarianship: Beyond the One Shot Instruction Session

9:00 - 9:50 am

This case study allows you to explore one institution’s experience with embedded librarianship in different contexts. The speakers detail their collaboration with faculty, courseware choices, and social media activities.

Karen Holt, Library; and Carlton Nelson, Reference and Instruction, University of Texas - Pan American.

Conference Program Committee.


[Renee Ahdieh; Ally Carter; Sarah Tomp; Jennifer Mathieu; Mary Pearson; Marie Rutkoski; Jennifer Latham]

CPE#410: SBEC 1.0

Hear Us Roar! Examining the Strong Female Role Model in YA Literature

9:00 - 9:50 am

What constitutes a strong female role model in young adult literature? How has this role evolved over time and where is it going? Explore these questions and others with authors creating some of these dynamic characters.

Renée Ahdieh, Penguin Random House; Ally Carter, Scholastic Inc.; Jennifer Latham and Sarah Tomp, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Jennifer Mathieu, Mary E. Pearson, and Marie Rutkoski, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

Young Adult Round Table.


CPE#411: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Helping Customers with Legal Information Needs

9:00 - 9:50 am

The Texas legal system can seem overwhelming to individuals trying to navigate the court system or locate laws on a particular legal topic. Texas State Law Library (TSLL) staff reviews high-quality, online legal resources available to Texas libraries and their users.

Robbi Horvath, Texas State Law Library.

Special Libraries Division.


[Carrie Russell]

CPE#493: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Libraries and e-Content: The Changing Publishing Marketplace

9:00 - 9:50 am

An e-content specialist discusses anticipated changes in regulations and policies. Find out about trends in the copyright arena, including the ongoing publishing battles. Learn about new players in the digital content field, concerns over born digital and e-only content, and implications of these factors for libraries.

Carrie Russell, Office for Information Tech, American Library Association.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#497: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

The Library and the English Language Arts Classroom (ELA) -- A Well-Worn Path

9:00 - 9:50 am

Sync up with your English Language Arts (ELA) teachers through collaboration. A teacher and a librarian create a thriving reading and writing community of parents and students while meeting learning objectives and spreading reading enthusiasm throughout the school.

Jill Bellomy and Kay Honeyman, Highland Park Middle School, Highland Park ISD.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


[Debra Frasier]

CPE#408: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

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