Program Report for Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2015



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Automation & Technology Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Electronic Resources & Serials Management Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Government Documents Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Library Support Staff Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Reference & Information Services Round Table - Texas Reference Source Award Committee Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Texas Municipal Library Directors Association Business Meeting

12:00 – 12:50 pm
Bites with LIRT

12:-00 - 1:50 pm

Join LIRT members for a Dutch-treat lunch and a discussion of library instruction and information literacy topics. Participants should meet in front of the registration area in the convention center.

Library Instruction Round Table.
[David Morrell; Suzanne Rindell]

CPE#457: SBEC 0.75

Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Committee Author Session (Ticketed)

12:00 - 1:50 pm

Celebrate the sixth year of TLA's Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Task Force Luncheon. David Morrell ([Murder as a Fine Art]) and Suzanne Rindell ([The Other Typist]) serve up mystery and a satisfying read. Join colleagues for an intriguing taste of clues and literary art. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.] [Menu includes salad, entrée, sides, dessert, and beverages].

David Morrell, Mulholland Books, Hachette Publishing; and Suzanne Rindell, Penguin Random House.

Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Committee.


CPE#450: SBEC .75

Texas Bluebonnet Award Author Session (Ticketed)

12:00 - 1:50 pm

The Texas Bluebonnet Award is a nationally-recognized children's choice award. During the luncheon, the author of the winning Bluebonnet title will share insights on his/her writing and will accept this year's award from student representatives. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.] [Menu items include: Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Goat Cheese Crumbled with Pomegranate Yuzu Vinaigrette and Southern Cheddar Ranch Dressing; Artisan Rolls and Sweet Cream Butter; Braised Short Rib Topped with Tobacco Onions, Served with Roasted Vegetable and Pearl Onion Demi-Glace and Maple Bacon Stone Ground White Grits; Individual Chocolate Fudge Cakes with Malted Buttercream Frosting, Caramel and White Chocolate or Ginger Griddled Pound Cake with Texas Peach Compote and Vanilla Whip; Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Iced Water.

Texas Association of School Librarians, Children's Round Table, and Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Committee.
[Ida Acuna-Garza]

CPE#460: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Collaborating with Your Community to Promote Literacy

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Discover how librarians and literacy advocates joined forces to expand services and increase outreach. The speakers describe their efforts to establish partnerships and implement book distributions, family literacy nights, book festivals, and other special events.

Ida Acuna-Garza, South Texas Literacy Coalition; Cristina Espinoza, LBJ Middle School, and Nora Alicia Galvan, Central Office, San Juan-Alamo ISD; and Maria Elena Ovalle, consultant.
Conference Program Committee.

[Christopher Harris]

CPE#462: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Cultural Competence for Librarians

1:00 - 1:50 pm

The speaker offers ideas for fostering cultural competency in our workplaces and personal lives. He reviews the changing demographics of teens and shows how libraries, as places for connected learning and guardians of the “equal access” ethos, can set a model.

Christopher Harris, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#464: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Genealogical Research Using The Portal to Texas History

1:00 - 1:50 pm

The Portal is a gateway to Texas history with unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, and other historical entities. The Portal includes digital access to documents, images, government publications, and newspapers dating from the 16th century.

Dreanna Belden, University of North Texas Libraries.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#466: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0 'Needs to be in Sync UP Commons'

Guerrilla Storytime: Share Your Awesome Skills

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Ramp up your storytime skills by learning different management techniques, implementing key literacy practices, and reveling in the solutions colleagues devise. Attendees can also take the storytime challenge in front of a live audience!

Cory Eckert, Post Oak School.

Children's Round Table.


[Jon Allen]

CPE#449: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Lions and Tigers and BYOD, Oh My!

1:00 – 1:50 pm

As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) services become more popular, libraries must prepare for the associated risks and challenges. Find out what they are and what to do about them.

Jon D. Allen, Information Security Group, Baylor University.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#469a: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Re-launch Your Public Library Website in 10 Easy Steps (Net Fair)

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Houston PL staff will share useful tips on re-launching your library's website. Learn from the development team about strategies, data gathering, and project management, including what worked, what didn't, and more.

Michael A. Bobak, Saima Kadir, Somer Newland, Virtual Library Services/IT; and Donna Maria Jackson, Communications-Branding; Houston Public Library.

Automation & Technology Round Table.


[Andrea Cheng; John Erickson; Kate Klise; Gordan Korman]

CPE#472: SBEC 1.0

Series Appeal: When's the Next One Coming Out?

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Kids love to read series books. Is it because readers discover how favorite characters face new challenges? Or is it because open-ended plots drive readers to find out what happens next? Learn how authors keep characters fresh and plots exciting in some new and favorite middle grade series.

Andrea Cheng, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; John Erickson, Maverick Books; Kate Klise, Algonquin for Young Readers; and Gordan Korman, HarperCollins Children's Books.

Children's Round Table.


CPE#463: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Success with Multiple e-Content Vendors: APIs and Library-Centric Apps

1:00 - 1:50 pm

APIs (application programming interfaces) can be used to integrate data with different interfaces and vendor platforms. Hear an overview of API integration technologies that help create library-centered tools to enhance the patron experience of discovery and use of digital content. Speakers also cover marketing and merchandising strategies.

Michael Bills, Baker & Taylor, Inc.; and Martin Shupla, Sterling Municipal Library.

Exhibitors Round Table Round Table.


CPE#470: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Sync Up! Entrepreneurs & Libraries

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Westbank Community Library and University of Texas at Austin Austin libraries are teaming up to offer workshops to entrepreneurs in the community. The program includes meet-ups, workshops, and resources. Find out more about this partnership, how it works, and what you can do to build your own business support program.

April D. Kessler, Reference & Information, and Ashleigh Knopp, Libraries, University of Texas at Austin; and Mary Ann Williams, Westbank Community Library.

Special Libraries Division.


CPE#471: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Transforming an Academic Library to a Community Resource Center

1:00 - 1:50 pm

One academic branch library evolved from simply housing science, technology, and art collections to becoming a community resource. UNT librarians will share how to create a resource center on a budget, serve the broad community, and provide outreach to diverse stakeholders.

Jennifer Rowe and Suzanne Sears, Willis Library; Julie Leuzinger and Robbie Sittel, Eagle Commons Library, University of North Texas Libraries.

Government Documents Round Table and Supervision, Management, & Administration Round Table.


[John Sessler]

CPE#468: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Using PBS Learning Media to Cultivate Innovative Thinking in the Classroom

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Digital media changes the way we teach and students learn. Join PBS LearningMedia staff for a look at free, innovation-themed resources (such as lesson plans and videos) and learn how to apply them in the classroom.

John Sessler, PBS LearningMedia, PBS.

Conference Program Committee.



[Michelle Knudsen; Chris Lynch; Jason Reynolds; CJ Lyons; Julie Murphy; Andrew Smith]

CPE#473: SBEC 1.0

YA Contemporary Literature: The Next Hot Thing

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Learn about trending topics in one of the hottest genres in YA literature today. Speak with authors about their books and ideas about what is coming in the YA contemporary genre.

Michelle Knudsen, Candlewick Press; Chris Lynch and Jason Reynolds, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; CJ Lyons, Sourcebooks; Julie Murphy, HarperCollins Children's Books; and Andrew Smith, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Penguin Random House.

Young Adult Round Table.


CPE#459: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Zoning Out at Lewisville PL: Adventures in Collection Reorganization

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Dreaming of ditching Dewey? Discover how the Lewisville Public Library kept Dewey but reorganized its DVD, fiction, and nonfiction collections to improve the user experience and increase circulation.

Kelly Brouillard and Cherie Kofoed, Lewisville Public Library.

Acquisitions & Collection Development Round Table.


CPE#448c: SBEC 3.0; TSLAC 3.0

Exploring 3D Printing @ Your Library (Hands on Lab 11) (Ticketed; register online only)

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Learn about 3D printing and modeling technology, and discover tips for establishing a successful service in your library. Includes hands-on practice using 3D modeling software, preparing your own 3D print job, and starting it on a demo printer. We’ll print as many as possible during the extensive Q&A. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Denise Beaubien Bennett and Sara Gonzalez, Marston Science Library, University of Florida.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#498a: SBEC 0.5; TSLAC 0.5

Supporting English Language Learners' Content Literacy (Contributed Papers Session III 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.

Marva Solomon, Angelo State University.

Conference Program Committee.


[Robin Kear]

CPE#480: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Conversations with Faculty about Academic Library Instruction

2:00 - 2:50 pm

A librarian from the University of Pittsburg will share her methods for talking and listening to faculty and demonstrating to them the importance of library instruction and information literacy. Hear conversation starters and strategies for instruction that pique faculty interest.

Robin Kear, University of Pittsburgh.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#474: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Just-in-Time: Redefining Your Collection Development Philosophy

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Learn to take advantage of just-in-time acquisition models. In this fast-paced session, librarians discuss the philosophy behind this budget-friendly approach, review operational strategies, and examine challenges experienced during their program’s pilot year.

Coby Condrey, Laurel Sammonds Crawford, Todd Enoch, and Erin Johanna DeWitt Miller, Collection Management, University of North Texas Libraries.

College & University Libraries Division and Acquisitions & Collection Development Round Table.


[Becky Albertalli; David Arnold; Katie Coyle; Aisha Saeed; Sabaa Tahir; Henry Turner] Adi Alsaid; Hannah Moskowitz

CPE#477: SBEC 1.0

Meet Rising Stars of YA Literature

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Meet some of today's debut young adult authors. Learn what motivates them to write and what books your students – and you – should be reading.

Becky Albertalli, HarperCollins Children's Books; Adi Alsaid, Harlequin Teen; David Arnold, Aisha C. Saeed, and Sabaa Tahir, Penguin Random House; Katie Coyle and Henry Turner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; and Hannah Moskowitz, Chronicle Books.

Young Adult Round Table.


[Suzanne Rindell]

CPE#479: SBEC 1.0

One Book/One Conference

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Join colleagues for a true professional treat. TLA’s One Book, One Conference selection ([x]) offers you the chance to bring out the book lover in you as your share your passion for reading with colleagues. The selection’s author XX will lead this fun and insightful chat. Don’t miss the chance to partake in this featured event.

Suzanne Rindell, Penguin Random House.???

Conference Program Committee.


[Tom Angleberger; Alex Bracken; Adam Gidwitz]

CPE#478: SBEC 1.0

Star Wars: In A Galaxy Far, Far Away (and a book near you)

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Learn how authors are reinterpreting the original Star Wars saga storylines in four new children’s books tied to the original [Star Wars] film trilogy. Oh-be-one in the know as this series comes to a galaxy close to you in advance of the December 2015 release of the next [Star Wars] film, Episode VII.

Tom Angleberger, Alex Bracken, and Adam Gidwitz, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Young Adult Round Table and Children's Round Table.



CPE#4994: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

TexQuest Update

2:00 - 2:50 pm

TexQuest is up and running! This update of the TSLAC’s K-12 resources program for Texas public schools and open enrollment charter schools reviews training opportunities, best practices, and lesson planning resources. Find out about the program’s progress, what’s next, and successes campuses are reporting.

Len Bryan, Library Development and Networking Division, Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission.


[Christina Gonzalez, Varian Johnson; Pam Ryan]

CPE#4991: SBEC 1.0

We Write DIVERSE Books

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Distinguished children’s book authors, Pam Muñoz Ryan (Esperanza Rising, Echo), Christina Diaz Gonzalez (The Red Umbrella, Moving Target), and Varian Johnson (The Great Greene Heist) will discuss their books, touching on the importance of representations of diverse characters and strong storytelling to enhance cultural awareness and reader engagement across levels.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Varian Johnson, and Pam Muñoz Ryan, Scholastic Inc.

Conference Program Committee.


[Michael Castellon]

CPE#483: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0 **BUSINESS MEETINGicon

Innovative Uses of Technology and Social Media in Reference and Information Services: Lightning Talks

2:00 - 3:20 pm

Discover how a variety of libraries are using social media and technology. Take home ideas to energize your reference services. This fast-paced session features a variety of speakers highlighting their experiences. [A business meeting follows the program.]

Michael Castellon, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Eric Frierson, Ebsco Information Services; Allyssa Guzman, graduate research assistant; Jenna C. Harte, Sterling Municipal Library; Julie Judkins, Special Collections, University of North Texas Libraries; Arta Kabashi, Amigos Library Services; Ashlynn Kogut, Texas Medical Center Library; Elizabeth McArthur, Blumberg Memorial Library, Texas Lutheran University; Linda Sappenfield and Chris Sauder, Round Rock Public Library; and Rachel M. Stout, Community Engagement, Houston Public Library.
Reference & Information Services Round Table , Automation & Technology Round Table, Digital Libraries Round Table, Library Instruction Round Table, Media & Related Technologies Round Table, and Public Libraries Division.

CPE#482: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Library Services for Homeschoolers

2:00 - 3:20 pm

Homeschooling families represent one of the most significant user groups of public libraries. Learn how to create policies, services, and programs that welcome this active, loyal, and high needs segment of your population.

Adrienne Furness, Henrietta Public Library (NY).

Conference Program Committee.


[Paula Singer]

CPE#476: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Passing the Baton: Succession Planning for Libraries

2:00 - 3:20 pm

A corporate strategist shows you how to identify critical positions in your organization, create a succession plan, and assess your library's risk of losing key staff. Define competencies, identify talent and career development needs, and create a plan you can implement, evaluate, and adjust.

Paula M. Singer, The Singer Group, Inc.

Public Libraries Division and Supervision, Management, & Administration Round Table.


[Carson Block]

CPE#481: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Retrofitting Libraries

2:00 - 3:20 pm

You want your library facility to be the best it can be. Take what you have and make it better. Come to this working session to gain inspiration from new library projects and prepare to retrofit or improve your current library.

Carson Block, Carson Block Consulting, Inc.

Conference Program Committee.


***Youth Group Technology Strand.

CPE#488: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Apps and e-Books in Storytime and Instruction

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Adding apps and e-books to traditional storytimes and learning activities enhances the digital literacy skills of young children. Librarians discuss how to evaluate and select apps and e-books for informal and formal learning.

Karen Ellis, Taylor Public Library; Lori Heaton, ITD, Arlington ISD; Anne Hicks, Henrietta Public Library; and Christine E. McNew, C E McNew Consulting.

Children's Round Table.


[Olga Garza; Greg Shotwell; Josh Haney; Andrew Kim; Lynn Moak]

CPE#485: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Check Out Your Schools: Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST)

2:00 - 3:50 pm

The Comptroller's FAST tool examines the impact of resource allocation to school districts and campuses on student achievement. The FAST methodology and search feature will be reviewed. Learn about the strengths and weaknesses associated with this state metric system.

Olga Garza, Greg Shotwell, and Josh Haney, Data Services Division , Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Andrew Kim, Administration, Comal ISD; Lynn Moak, Moak, Casey & Associates.

Reference & Information Services Round Table, College & University Libraries Division, Government Documents Round Table, and Special Libraries Division.


[Kathleen Deerr]

CPE#486: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Family Place Libraries™: Public Libraries as Key Partners in Early Learning

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Speakers cover the fundamentals of how children learn and introduce Family Place Libraries™. This model focuses on the importance of play in early literacy, integration of family-centered services, and collaboration with health, social service, and early education providers.

Kathleen Deerr, Family Place Libraries™, and Tracy LaStella, Youth Services, Middle Country Public Library; Patricia L. Hernandez, Youth Services, El Paso Public Library.

Conference Program Committee.


[James LaRue]

CPE#490: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

From Embedded Librarian to Librarian as Leader

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Why wait behind our desks for questions? It's time for librarians to step up our game, step out of our libraries, and demonstrate our value to the larger community.

James LaRue, LaRue & Associates.

Conference Program Committee.


[Chris Barton; Bonnie Christensen; Gary Golio; Susanna Reich; Don Tate]

CPE#487: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

I Met Them at the Library: Picture Book Biography Magic

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Julia Child! John Roy Lynch! Elvis! Picture book biographies offer readers of all ages reference and inspiration. Hear how their creators research and capture the lives of personalities – both famous and obscure.

Chris Barton, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; Bonnie Christensen, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group; Gary Golio, Candlewick Press; Susanna Reich, Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt; and Don Tate, Eerdmans Publishing.

Children's Round Table.

[Tammy Tang]

CPE#489: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0



iHave an iPad? How Do iUse It? **BYOD Icon

2:00 - 3:50 pm

iPads are transforming education. In this session, Tammy Worcester Tang demonstrates her favorite apps and provides strategies for using the iPad as a teaching and learning tool. [Bring your own device.]

Tammy Worcester Tang, ESSDACK.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#4993: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Turning Outward: Adding Veterans' Services at Your Library

2:00 - 3:50 pm

Are you thinking about reaching out to military veterans in your community? Representatives from the San Antonio Public Library, Austin Community College, the Texas Veterans’ Commission, www.texvet.org, and Grace After Fire will discuss their services and share suggestions during this session.

Ronnie Anderson, San Antonio Public Library; Roberta Castaneda, Bexar County Outreach, Grace After Fire; Perry Jefferies, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Sheila Ross-Henderson, Round Rock Campus, Austin Community College; and Aaron Smith, Texas Veterans Commission.

Conference Program Committee.


[Mary Beth Harrington]

CPE#491: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0



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