Library Journal Lead the Change Workshop in Houston, October 23, 2014

Lead the Change Texas/October 23, 2014 (Leadership Program)

Lead the Change! What Great Library Leaders Know and Do is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a series of collaborative exercises that will help you harness your ideas, clarify your goals, and create a personal leadership plan.

As a participant, you will receive an action planner, and work both individually and in groups during reflection and discussion periods to build a framework for innovation and change. Throughout the day, David Bendekovic, program developer, and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers, provide insights, best practices and leadership tools that will help you tap into personal leadership qualities to transform your career, your library and your community, no matter what your stage of career.

Lead the Change Texas/ October 23 (Leadership Program) 
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney, Houston
Houston, Texas 77002

Cost is $80

For more information, please visit their website:

Wizardry at Central Texas College

The Central Texas College has some Harry Potter fun planned at the 2014 Geefest like Quidditch Matches and a Yule Ball. The Harker Heights Public Library is involved and is extending an invitation to any others who wish to be. For more information, please visit the Geekfest website.
Hogwarts Yule Ball.

CTLS Now Hiring for ‘Bots and Books Grant

CTLS is hiring! We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team and train librarians who will be presenting the ‘Bots and Books program in their libraries. Please view the job description for more information. This is a one-year, part-time position. Please send filled out application and resume to:

Laurie Mahaffey, Executive Director
CTLS, Inc.
5555 North Lamar Blvd., Suite L-115
Austin,Texas 78751


Deadline for applications is August 8, 2014.

2014 Performers' Showcase... See the talent before you hire!

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We listened to you!

Please note that the Showcase is one month earlier this year.


Performers’ Showcase
Friday, November 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Georgetown Public Library
402 West 8th Street
Georgetown, Texas


Take time to SEE the performers and speakers BEFORE you hire them.  Visit the exhibits.  Learn how to get money to pay for performers.  Win door prizes!  Everyone in your community who books entertainment or educational presentations is invited to attend.  



$30 – CTLS members

$60 – Non-members

Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.

Go to or click here.

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

 September 26, 2015

1:00—3:30 pm

Kyle Public Library
550 Scott Street
Kyle, Texas 78640


Rose Aleta Laurell, recently retired from directing the Bell/Whittington Library in Portland, brought technology to all ages of library patrons in the libraries where she has worked. Join us for a 4-part talk on technology in the library for varying ages of patrons: AWE stations for the little ones, Seniors in Cyberspace, E-books, and technology for teens. Bring your questions and share your experiences in this fast-paced discussion.



Go to or Click here.

Questions? Call CTLS at 800- 262-4431.

July Newsletter Available!

For the latest in Texas library news, check out our July Newsletter!

Got a brilliant idea you want to share? Want to brag about a recent program? Don’t forget to send us pictures and updates. Space allowing, we will share on the website, through social media, or in the newsletter!

Date Change for YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin

YALSA YA Lit November 2014

YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium
Date Change: November 14-16, 2014
Austin, TX

 Registration is now open for the YALSA, Young Adult Literature Symposium to be held in Austin at the Hyatt Regency. Please note the date change from previous announcements. Visit their website for more information:


Austin Teen Book Festival

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Austin Teen Book Festival

October 18, 2014

St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

 This free event has grown from a modest teen event held in 2009 at Westlake High School, to one of the largest teen book festivals of its kind. The Publicity Director is Jen Bigheart from CTLS member Westbank Community Libraries.

TLA's Annual Assembly, July 8-10 in Austin

Calling all library enthusiasts! TLA’s Annual Assembly takes places next week in Austin, July 8-10, in Austin. Join your colleagues in planning for the Association’s activities over the coming year.

Fun networking events, free CE (see the list below), and the chance to shape professional initiatives over the coming year are on the agenda. Hot topics include copyright, staff training, the State Library’s TexQuest program, social media and website development, grants and funding, legislative happenings, and much more! See Assembly Highlights for the full schedule of events and meetings.

In additional to the annual luncheon, which will feature Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee Byron Cook, meet up with your friends for a fun riverboat cruise and BBQ dinner.

Registration is now open.

Special Events at Assembly


·       Introduction to TLA Finances: 5-5:30 pm. Chairs are invited to learn about TLA budgeting and financial policies and practices that impact units and committees. Presented by Glenda Genchur, TLA Director of Administration.

·       Chairs Planning Session: 7-9 pm. All TLA committee and unit (division, round table, district, interest group) chairs are encouraged to attend this session designed to provide resources for smooth navigation through TLA’s operations. Get answers to your questions in small group discussions with Executive Board liaisons.



For Texas Ballroom 1

8:30-9:20 am: Introduction to Constant Contact (speaker TBA)

9:30-10:50 am: Ten Things Your Website Must Have by Richard Dietz

11:00-11:50 am: Business Reference Online 101 by April Kessler

1:00-2:20 pm: Grantsmanship 101 by Toni Turner

2:30-4:20 pm: Tech Tools with Tine: Introduction to Google Scholar by Tine Walczyk


For Foothills 1

8:30-9:20 am: How to Talk to IT Staff by Tine Walczyk

9:30-10:50 am: Building an Effective and Revenue Generating Friends Board by Mary Beth Harrington

11-11:50 am: TBA

1-2:20 pm: Social Media Marketing by Laura Young

2:30-4:20 pm: Grants Administration & Management by Carolyn Appleton


Special Wednesday Events

Ten Things You Need to Know about Copyright, 5:30 – 6:30 pm: All-Assembly discussion forum led by copyright legal specialist and attorney Gretchen McCord. (Free CE credit.)

Support Staff Training, 7:30 – 8:15 pm. Learn about the opportunities in CE for support staff and hear a preview of the forthcoming webinar series by Julie Todaro.

TSLAC’s New TexQuest, online resources for schools, 7:30 – 8:15 pm: The latest info on  K-12 databases from TSLAC’s Len Bryan. (Free CE credit.)

Legislative Update, 8:30 – 9:15 pm: Find out what ahead during the 84th Legislative Session and what you can do to help increase support for libraries. (Free CE credit.)

Dine-Arounds: Join a group for dinner at a local restaurant.



Exhibits, 10 am – 4 pm (List as of July 1)

·       Aunt Boos Books

·       BrainPOP

·       EBSCO

·       Gale Cengage Learning

·       Godfrey’s Associates, Inc.

·       Library Interiors of Texas

·       Overlooked Books

·       Pro Forma Architecture, Inc.

·       The RoadRunner Press

·       SocioSights Press

·       Somohano USA

·       Stars Information Solutions

·       Texas Woman’s University

·       Texserve/Dallas County Schools

Luncheon; speaker is Rep. Byron Cook, Chair of the House State Affairs Committee

Enjoy BBQ and a river boat cruise on Lady Bird Lake with some of your favorite TLA friends.


TLA thanks our Annual Assembly sponsors: EBSCO & LearningExpress, LLC.

Gloria Meraz

Director of Communications

Texas Library Association


CTLS Office Closed for July 4th

The CTLS office will be closed next Friday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day. We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 7. Have happy and safe celebrations!