Program Report for Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2015



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Literacy Celebrations: Build Vocabulary, Creativity, and Community

9:00 - 9:50 am

An author and illustrator describes spectacular book-centered events that you can replicate in your schools, libraries, or storytimes. Leave with concrete plans for big events like the Alphabet Fair and other celebrations that can become anticipated annual traditions in your community.

Debra Frasier, Frasier Books.

Children's Round Table.


[A.C. Gaughen; April Lindner]

CPE#414: SBEC 1.0

The Many Facets of Young Adult Historical Fiction

9:00 - 9:50 am

The historical genre in young adult literature includes contemporary historical reinterpretations, steampunk, historical mysteries, historical romances, and more. Learn about the genre and its evolution from authors who specialize in this field.

Andrea Cremer and Stacey Lee, Penguin Random House; A.C. Gaughen, Bloomsbury; April Lindner, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Michaela MacColl, Chronicle Books; and Ashley Perez, Lerner Publishing Group.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Paolo Gujilde]

CPE#419: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Microaggression: It’s No Small Matter

9:00 - 9:50 am

Microaggressions are brief and common verbal and behavioral actions that may be hostile and lead to an unfriendly environment. This session explores this form of behavior in libraries and offers strategies for recognizing and addressing this phenomenon.

Jenny Brewer, Helen Hall Library; Paolo P. Gujilde, Zach S. Henderson Library, Georgia Southern University; and Dale K. McNeil, San Antonio Public Library.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table and College & University Libraries Division.


CPE#415: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Mobile Maker: Taking Maker Programs on the Road

9:00 - 9:50 am

What if you didn't need a dedicated library area for Maker programs? This panel reveals ways to make 3D printing, technology, and craft programs mobile. Receive great ideas to implement a model of your own and practical tips for building helpful partnerships – all on a small budget!

Grace Lillevig, e-Branch, Harris County Public Library; Natalie McAdams, Freeport Branch, and Cindy A.Yell, Lake Jackson Branch Library, Brazoria County Library System.

Public Libraries Division.


CPE#409: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

RDA: A Review of the Essentials

9:00 - 9:50 am

This review of RDA essentials highlights major rules and principles in RDA for descriptive cataloging and covers some of the key differences from AACR2, its predecessor. Examples of RDA in MARC21 bibliographic records will be provided.

Jeannette Ho, Cataloging, Texas A&M University Libraries.

Cataloging and Metadata Round Table.


CPE#494: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Resume Refresh

9:00 - 9:50 am

Best practices for writing a winning resume.

Tara Iagulli, Career Management, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin.

Conference Local Arrangements Committee.



CPE#420: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0 **BYOD icon

Storytelling Meets Digital Technology

9:00 - 9:50 am

Storytelling extends listening, reading, and writing skills. The speaker offers strategies, including apps and other tech goodies, which educators can use to integrate storytelling into classroom learning. Bring your own device to follow tips and resources for digital tools you can use.

Sue Kuentz, storyteller.

Storytelling Round Table.


[Alexandra Bracken; Paul Griffin; Emmy Laybourne; Meg Medina; Rene Saldana; Sherry Thomas]

CPE#416: SBEC 1.0

Tayshas Reading List Panel for High School Students

9:00 - 9:50 am

The Tayshas Reading List Committee presents programming ideas for this year's list (for grades 9-12) and features authors included on past lists.

Alexandra Bracken, Disney Book Group; Paul Griffin, Scholastic Press, Scholastic Inc.; Emmy Laybourne, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group; Meg Medina, Candlewick Press; René Saldana, Jr., Arte Público Press; and Sherry Thomas, Teen, HarperCollins Children's Books.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Paige Britt; Ed Masessa; Dan Yaccarino]

CPE#417: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Unplug and Play: “Screen-Free Week” Programs

9:00 - 9:50 am

Learn how Irving Public Library joined the international celebration of Screen-Free Week. Children and families spent a week with no digital entertainment. Instead, they got to play, read, daydream, create, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. Talk about innovation!

Paige Britt and Ed Masessa; Scholastic Inc.; Marianne Follis, Irving Public Library System; and Dan Yaccarino, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group & Penguin Random House.

Children's Round Table.


[nancy Goebel]

CPE#418: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

WASSAIL: Open Source Information Literacy Assessment Software

9:00 - 9:50 am

The ACRL award-winning WASSAIL is a Web-based application created to manage question and response data. This free tool allows libraries to track information literacy activities and outcomes, create reports easily, and customize its integration into existing information literacy instruction.

Nancy Goebel, Augustana Campus Library, University of Alberta.

Conference Program Committee.



CPE#423a: SBEC 0.5

Digital Advocacy Storytelling to Promote Library Values (Contributed Papers Session II A)

10:00 - 10:20 am

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

Judi Moreillon, Texas Woman's University.

Conference Program Committee.


[Trish Doller; Micol Ostow; laurie Stolarz; Danielle Vega; Rachel Vincent] Diane Hoh?

CPE#424: SBEC 1.0

A Nightmare to Remember: The Allure of Horror for Teens

10:00 - 10:50 am

Teens take to horror like zombies to brains! What is the perpetual attraction? Learn more about why teens crave horror books from authors whose books are making us sleep with the lights on.

Trish Doller, Bloomsbury Children's Books; Diane Hoh, Open Road Media; Micol Ostow, Egmont USA; Laurie Faria Stolarz, Disney Hyperion; Danielle Marie Vega and Rachel Vincent, Penguin Random House.

Young Adult Round Table.


CPE#496: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Cover Letter Cleanup

10:00 - 10:50 am

Tips and tricks to make your cover letter stand out in the crowd.

Tara Iagulli, Career Management, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin.

Conference Local Arrangements Committee.


[Diane Bertrand; Neal Shusterman]

CPE#426: SBEC 1.0

Lone Star Reading List Panel for Grades 6-8

10:00 - 10:50 am

The Lone Star Reading Committee presents programming ideas for this year’s list and features authors whose books have been included on the list, geared to grades 6-8.

Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Arte Público Press; and Neal Shusterman, HarperCollins Children's Books.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Melanie Crowder; Adele Griffin; Todd Hasak-Lowy; Shaun Hutchinson; Scott Westerfeld]

CPE#427: SBEC 1.0

Unique Formats in YA Novels

10:00 - 10:50 am

Don't judge a book by its cover – at least not these books! Come learn all about the interesting new ways authors are getting their message across. From prose-poetry and graphical novel approaches to digital and multi-platform presentations, authors discuss different formats.

Melanie Crowder, Penguin Random House; Adele Griffin, Soho Press; Todd Hasak-Lowy, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Scott Westerfeld, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Richard Allington]

CPE#425: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

We Can Bridge the Summer Reading Gap

10:00 - 10:50 am

Is there a research-based correlation between students' access to books over the summer and their reading skills? A leader in this field explores the answers to this question and offers ways to use reading programs to build resources and advocate for students and libraries.

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

Texas Association of School Librarians.


[Patrick Deaton]

CPE#433: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Academic Library Construction and Renovation Projects: Lessons Learned

10:00 - 11:20 am

Representatives from academic libraries discuss innovations they sought to implement while undertaking facilities projects. From design to construction, they share the productive strategies they employed and the many lessons learned.

Laura Baker, Abilene Christian University; Patrick Deaton, North Carolina State University Libraries; and Maurice G. Fortin, Library Services, Porter Henderson Library, Angelo State University.

Conference Program Committee.


[Anina Moore]

CPE#430: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Funding for Presenters from the Texas Commission on the Arts

10:00 - 11:20 am

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) grants help bring quality performers to communities. Find out how to preview available performers, how to apply for funds, and what other services and support TCA can offer your library.

Anina Moore, Programs/Communications, Texas Commission on the Arts; and Toni Simmons, Zula B. Wylie Public Library.

Storytelling Round Table.


CPE#428: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5 **Youth Group Technology Strand

Googlepalooza: School Media Ideas to Facilitate Collaboration

10:00 - 11:20 am

Use the Google Edu app to boost collaboration in your library. Learn advanced tips and tricks with Google calendar, docs, sites, and other apps to facilitate communication and collaboration with teachers, librarians, and students.

Brandie Cain-Heard, Instructional Technology; Sara Pavone and Christina E. Taylor, Round Rock High School, Round Rock ISD.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#429: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Marketing 101 for Libraries

10:00 - 11:20 am

Three marketers offer strategies for promoting services, including special events such as book festivals. Use technology, savvy, and smarts to implement enticing programs in your own shop.

Sandra Fernandez, Lopez Negrete Communications; Kanya Lyons, Faulk Central Library, Austin Public Library; and Brenda Thompson, Brenda Thompson Communications.

Conference Program Committee.


[Cynthia Levinson] Lee Bacon?

CPE#431: SBEC 1.5

Spirit of Texas Reading Lists for Middle & High School

10:00 - 11:20 am

Members of the Spirit of Texas Reading Committees (middle and high school) present programming ideas for this year's list. Authors featured on the lists will discuss their books, share examples of programs, and demonstrate activities.

Lee Bacon, Penguin Random House; and Cynthia Levinson, Peachtree Publishers.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Angela Young]

CPE#432: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

STEM Programming for the Young and the Restless

10:00 - 11:20 am

No need to be a rocket scientist to support STEM initiatives. Use hands-on activities as well as fiction and non-fiction books to incorporate concepts into activities and engage students in each of the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Angela Young, Reed Memorial Library (Ohio).

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#447: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

TED Talks in the Library

10:00 - 11:20 am

The TEDx (technology, entertainment, design) program sparks conversations on everything from politics to pollination. Hosting a TEDx event can broaden the definition of a library and support the move from “collection development to connection development”!

Chrystie Hill, Community Relations, OCLC; and Phil Klein, Community Knowledge Works.

Conference Program Committee.


[Andrea Davis Pinkney]

CPE#435: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Black Caucus Round Table Author Session: MIA – Diverse Characters in Children’s Literature (Ticketed)

10:00 - 11:50 am

Social media writers, the press, and parents are sounding off about the lack of diverse characters in children's literature. An award-winning author speaks on this critical matter and offer actions librarians can take to build diverse collections to help overcome the problem. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.] [Menu items include: Acadian Caesar Salad with Spicy Sage Croutons with Blackened Caesar Dressing or Lemon Thyme Balsamic; Artisan Rolls and Sweet Cream Butter; Pecan Crusted Breast of Chicken with Bourbon Praline Cream; Roasted Corn Relish and Squash Maque Choux; Blue Cheese and Caramelize Onion Creamy Mashed Potato; Individual Mississippi Mud Cakes; Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Iced Water.]


Andrea Davis Pinkney, Disney-Hyperion.

Black Caucus Round Table.


CPE#437: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

e-Vendors and Public Librarians: A Conversation **BUSINESS MEETING icon

10:00 - 11:50 am

Public library representatives developed a white paper on e-book issues and standards. Join a dialogue between librarians and e-vendors on the needs of public libraries and the business models and solutions offered by companies. [A business meeting follows the program.]

Matt Bellamy, 3M; George F. Coe, Baker & Taylor; Steve Potash, OverDrive, Inc.; and Eric Timm, Hoopla, Midwest Tape.

Public Libraries Division.


CPE#438: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Every Child Ready to Read: Effective Training and Marketing

10:00 - 11:50 am

Launch an early childhood literacy campaign with free resources to market the activity. Austin Public librarians share techniques for training caregivers and promoting such efforts to administrators and stakeholders. Attendees will receive teaching tips, advertising strategies, and links to downloadable materials that can be customized.

Devo Carpenter and Kathleen Houlihan, Literature Live!, Austin Public Library.

Children's Round Table.


CPE#448b: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Infographics – One Picture is Worth 1000 Data Points (Hands on Lab 10) (Ticketed, register online only)

10:00 - 11:50 am

Foster information literacy development through the creation and use of infographics. Learn how to identify a good infographic, how to analyze effectiveness in visualizing data, and where to find additional tools and processes to design of your own! [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]


Leslie Barrett, ESC Region 13.

Conference Program Committee.


[Rachel Caine; C.C. Hunter; Sophie Jaff] Ilona Andrews; Thomas Willeford

CPE#434: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Steampunk and Fantasy: The Lure of Distant Worlds

10:00 - 11:50 am

From alternate histories to alternate realities, steampunk and fantasy authors reveal the creative aspect of rending foreign worlds and the emotional spark of finding universal lessons that draw in readers.

Ilona Andrews and Rachel Caine, Penguin Random House; C.C. Hunter, MacMillan-Adult; Sophie Jaff, HarperCollins Publishers; and Thomas Willeford, McGraw-Hill.

Public Libraries Division.


CPE#439: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Transitioning Students: High School to Higher Ed

10:00 - 11:50 am

How do high school students’ library and research skills carry over or evolve once they get into a two-year or four-year institution? How can librarians prepare students? Panelists will address these questions.

Len Bryan, Library Development and Networking Division, Texas State Library & Archives Commission; Deirdre McDonald, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Virginia Osborne, Tegeler Career Center, Pasadena ISD; and Dan Overfield, Metropolitan Campus, Cuyahoga Community College.

Library Instruction Round Table and College & University Libraries Division.


[Carson Block]

CPE#436: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Welcoming Mobile Devices in Your Library

10:00 - 11:50 am

Mobile technology is all around us and growing every day. Make your library friendly to mobile users – from infrastructure supporting the technology to spaces that are welcoming and comfortable for people.

Carson Block, Carson Block Consulting, Inc.

Conference Program Committee.



CPE#440: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

What All Copyright “Experts” Need to Know

10:00 - 11:50 am

Librarians are increasingly asked to become "copyright experts" for their institutions. This role requires more than knowledge of copyright law. Learn what questions to ask, what knowledge and skills you need, and how to support your institution as its "copyright expert."

Georgia Harper, University of Texas at Austin; Kris Helge, University of North Texas; Gretchen McCord, Digital Information Law; and Sarah Naper, Texas State University.

College & University Libraries Division and Professional Issues & Ethics Committee.


[Mary Beth Harrington]

CPE#441: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Working in Sync with Boards, Part I: Governing, Advisory, Friends, Trustees, School

10:00 - 11:50 am

Library directors work with many kinds of boards -- governing, advisory, friends, trustees, and school. Figuring out the chains of responsibility can be confusing. This session (Part I of II) will help you identify your library's ideal working relationship with its governing group.

Mary Beth Harrington, 501c³– Taking Nonprofits to the Third Level; Ling Hwey Jeng, School Library & Information Science, Texas Woman's University; Thea Blair, Library Development and Networking Division, Texas State Library & Archives Commission; Kerry B. McGeath, Desoto Public Library; and Cheryl H. Michulka, Westview Middle School, Pflugerville ISD.
Library Friends, Trustees, and Advocates Round Table, Public Libraries Division, Small Community Libraries Round Table, and Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

CPE#423b: SBEC 0.5

A Comparative Study of IL Competencies at the Community College Level in the United States and Qatar (Contributed Papers Session II B)

10:30 - 10:50 am

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

Erica Hubbard, Houston Community College.

Conference Program Committee.



CPE#423c: SBEC 0.5

You'll Let me Borrow That? Using Audiobooks to Alter Students' Perceptions of Reading and the Library (Contributed Papers Session II C)

11:00 - 11:20 am

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

Julie Marie Frye, Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University.

Conference Program Committee.


[Hayley Hasik]

CPE#443: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

East Texas War and Memory Project

11:00 - 11:50 am

The East Texas War and Memory Project collects and documents stories from military veterans and their families to create a collective memory for posterity. Attendees will learn about the project, its documentation process, and outreach to potential subjects.

Austin Baxley, Hayley Michael Hasik, and Victoria Paille, ET War and Memory Project; Adam C. Northam and Andrea Ellis Weddle, Special Collections Department, Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Conference Program Committee.


[Kyrie Garlic; Amelia Moreno]

CPE#444: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

FanFiction 101

11:00 - 11:50 am

What is FanFic? Readers are interacting with their favorite stories and characters in creative ways that help shape their relationship to fiction. Learn how to talk to patrons about their FanFic. You will hear from students who write FanFic and learn what publishers have to say.

Renee Dyer, Weslaco East High School, Weslaco ISD; Kyrie Theresa Garlic, The Science Academy of South Texas; and Amelia Medrano Moreno, South Texas High School for Health Professions.

Conference Program Committee.


[Mary Broussard]

CPE#445: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

The Odd Couple: Pedagogy and Fun in Game-Based Learning

11:00 - 11:50 am

The most interesting and complex aspect of game-based learning is the often awkward relationship between pedagogy and fun. Find out how the two can work together to create a spectacular and engaging learning experience.

Mary Broussard, Library, Lycoming College.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#413: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Skills Without Bills: Free Resources for Staff Training

11:00 - 11:50 am

Is money tight for training? Free and creative resources are available to enhance your local staff training program – no matter the size of your budget or type of library. Panelists will provide examples of effective approaches and free resources they have used.

Brent Bloechle, Maribelle M. Davis Library, Plano Public Library System; Carolyn Brewer, Northeast Campus, Tarrant County College; Paige Delaney, Alpine Public Library; and Sheila Ross-Henderson, Round Rock Campus, Austin Community College.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission.


CPE#423d: SBEC 0.5

iPads as early Literacy Tools: Training Parents and Teachers (Contributed Papers Session II D)

11:30 - 11:50 am

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

Abby Dozier and Bethany Fort, Arlington Public Library.

Conference Program Committee.


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