Webinar to Learn More About CPP Vendor BiblioBoard

Join our Commercial Partnership Program Manager Samantha Simpson for this webinar on Tuesday, June 28th at 1pm CT to learn more about Biblioboard. Contact Sammie to register for the webinar or for more information.

SELF-e is BiblioBoard’s newest service and it’s in partnership with Library Journal. SELF-e allows libraries to support local writers and indie authors by showcasing their books in the Indie Texas collection.  All books submitted through SELF-e are evaluated by Library Journal for quality. Those books selected for top quality are available across the US and Canada, allowing authors to gain additional exposure.   You can find a quick (3 minute) video on the SELF-e tool here: https://vimeo.com/142144990
Creator is the second community engagement program offered by BiblioBoard. The Creator program allows libraries to curate and showcase multimedia digital exhibits. You can showcase digital archives and special collections along with video and audio of public events, children’s programs, art exhibits, local musicians and much more. Here are a couple of ways other forward thinking libraries are using Creator. Connect with and showcase local musicians: https://vimeo.com/152756711 Showcase library programming: https://vimeo.com/133568663 Work with local artists: https://vimeo.com/149453243

BiblioBoard work with innovative libraries in Texas and across the US to assist them in meeting their community engagement initiatives. Libraries are subscribed to the BiblioBoard platform to assist with community engagement objectives they have set for the year.

Texas Summer Storytelling Conference ~ Waco, June 17–19, 2016


From the Tejas Storytelling Association website:


The summer conference is known for stories, workshops, feasts, and fun. Our featured presenter this year is Charles Temple, PhD.

Starting on Friday the 17th and continuing through Sacred Tales on the 19th, gather with friends, new and old, to increase your knowledge of using storytelling in a wide variety of environments, build your storytelling skills, and broaden your attitudes to the diverse application of storytelling your world.

Be sure to book your hotel room early, by May 17th, so you can be staying right on site.  And with plenty of local restaurants nearby, you won’t have trouble finding a place for a nice lunch break.

You’ll want to see everything from the opening concert to final moments on Sunday. We have day passes and full weekend passes – and you can choose to enjoy a fine barbecue meal with salad bar, deserts, and drinks on Saturday night from local favorite, Uncle Dan’s BBQ & Ribhouse.

We’ll have our Story Store and guild area as in previous years – and a host of tellers and fun for all!

Charles TempleOur Keynote Speaker, Charlie Temple, Ph.D.,

knows that storytelling is a strategy that works in developing language and literacy competency, in building community in diverse classrooms, and in bridging cultures across the globe. His message and methods are incredible. They have been adopted by UNESCO.  Charlie has created literature for children in Central Europe, the Caucasus, and West and East Africa. He works with progressive educators around the world to promote active learning, critical thinking, cooperation, and peace-building. He has done a workshop at the Texas Storytelling Festival on using storytelling in conflict transformation/resolution.  He is a Professor and Chair of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Critical Thinking International, Inc.  www.criticalthinkinginternational.org

Save $15 by registering before May 17.
For more information and to register go to:

LITA Seeks Public Library Session Proposals for Forum in Fort Worth, November 2016

Subject: Call for Public Library Proposals

The LITA Forum is looking for proposals from public and school librarians to provide conference sessions for those that work in these libraries. One of the three keynote speakers is Cecily Walker of the Vancouver Public Library, Librarian with Attitude. Help us round out the program with a session from you. The deadline is May 13th.

The Forum is a highly regarded annual event for those involved in new and leading edge technologies in the library and information technology field. Please send your proposal submissions here by May 13, 2016, and join your colleagues in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2016 LITA Forum Committee seeks proposals for the 19th Annual Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association in Fort Worth Texas, November 17-20, 2016 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Submit your proposal at this site

The Forum Committee welcomes proposals for full-day pre-conferences, concurrent sessions, or poster sessions related to all types of libraries: public, school, academic, government, special, and corporate. Collaborative and interactive concurrent sessions, such as panel discussions or short talks followed by open moderated discussions, are especially welcomed. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

The New Submission deadline is Friday May 13, 2016.

Proposals could relate to, but are not restricted to, any of the following topics:

  • Discovery, navigation, and search
  • Practical applications of linked data
  • Library spaces (virtual or physical)
  • User experience
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Open content, software, and technologies
  • Assessment
  • Systems integration
  • Hacking the library
  • Scalability and sustainability of library services and tools
  • Consortial resource and system sharing
  • “Big Data” — work in discovery, preservation, or documentation
  • Library I.T. competencies

Proposals may cover projects, plans, ideas, or recent discoveries. We accept proposals on any aspect of library and information technology. The committee particularly invites submissions from first time presenters, library school students, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.) to be made available on the web site following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees; a discounted registration rate will be offered.

If you have any questions, contact Tammy Allgood Wolf, Forum Planning Committee Chair, at tammy.wolf@asu.edu.

Submit your proposal at this site

More information about LITA is available from the LITA websiteFacebook and Twitter. Or contact Mark Beatty, LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist at mbeatty@ala.org

CTLS Welcomes CDI Computers to the Commercial Partnership Program

CDI Computers provides us a one-stop shop for quality PCs, laptops, tablets, servers, accessories and more.
Please visit the vendor discount page for more information and use your member library login to view the confidential offer, www.ctls.net/discounts.
If you have misplaced your member library login information or have trouble viewing the offer, contact the CTLS office.

CTLS Welcomes READsquared to the Commercial Partnership Program


READsquared provides online, collaborative Summer Reading solution tools that enable librarians to create and administer summer programs that incorporate both traditional reading and other learning activities.

Please visit the vendor discount page for more information and use your member library login to view the confidential offer, www.ctls.net/discounts. If you have misplaced your member library login information or have trouble viewing the offer, contact the CTLS office.

TLA Conference Update – It’s OK

The official word is that the TLA Conference is continuing as scheduled and to please check the TLA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TexasLibraryAssociation/), HoustonEmergency.org, and www.houstontranstar.org for updates. I would also like to remind everyone that Houston drains almost as quickly as it fills so lingering floods are pretty uncommon. Watch the reports and it is OK to arrive on a later day if the weather requires it. Call your hotel if you change your schedule.

See you in Houston.

CTLS Welcomes The Library Store to the Commercial Partnership Program

Since 1983, the knowledgeable staff at The Library Store has delivered high quality supplies and furnishings to libraries and schools nationwide. With a catalog of over 35,000 products, they offer competitive pricing on supplies,
furniture, equipment, educational products, and more.

Please visit the vendor discount page for more information and use your member library login to view the confidential offer, www.ctls.net/discounts. If you have misplaced your member library login information or have trouble viewing the offer, contact the CTLS office. If you have a vendor you would like to see become part of the CPP, email anytime, ssimpson@ctls.net.

Participate in TSLAC’s Texas Public Library Speed Test

Check out this post from the Texas State Library & Archives on participating in the Texas Public Library Speed Test. Sounds easy to participate! Please help them gather this data.

For just a couple more weeks, the Texas Public Library Speed Test will remain up and running – and NOW is your chance to conduct this quick, easy test and have your library’s voice represented in this state-wide snapshot of the amount of Internet speed available to patrons in public libraries.

So far we’ve received results from about two-thirds of main libraries and we’d love to get the remaining third in the state!

Want to participate but don’t have the invitation or link?    Email TSLAC for the invitation!

The automated process takes less than 2 minutes and can be done via any browser on one of the library’s public access computers.

So far we’ve received a range of speeds:  from 462 kilobytes downloaded per second all the way to above 1 gigabit downloaded per second.

As it stands now, about half of libraries serving populations below 25K have reported download speeds of 10 Mbps and below.
Here’s how it currently breaks down:

Below 25K: 48% report 10 Mbps or below
25K to 99K: 19% report 10 Mbps or below
100K and above: 10% report 10 Mbps or below

What’s your Internet speed and how do you fit in to this? Take the test and join in!

A big Thank You! to the following libraries who’ve taken the Speed Test and had their results transmitted to us for this important project!


Abernathy Public Library Ethel L Whipple Memorial Library Motley County Library
Abilene Public Library Eula & David Wintermann Library Mount Calm Public Library
Alicia Salinas Public Library Euless Public Library Mount Pleasant Public Library
Allan Shivers Library & Museum Fairfield Library Muleshoe Area Public Library
Alma M Carpenter Public Library Falls City Public Library Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
Alpine Public Library Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Nancy Nail Memorial Library
Alvarado Public Library Fayette Public Library Natalia Veterans Memorial Library
Alvord Public Library Ferris Public Library Nellie Pederson Civic Library
Amarillo Public Library Flatonia Public Library Nesbitt Memorial Library
Andrews County Library Flower Mound Public Library New Boston Public Library
Archer Public Library FM Buck Richards Memorial Library New Braunfels Public Library
Arlington Public Library System Foard County Library New Waverly Public Library
Arthur Temple Sr Memorial Library Forest Hill Public Library Newton County Public Library
Atlanta Public Library Fort Bend County Libraries Nicholas P Sims Library & Lyceum
Aubrey Area Library Fort Stockton Public Library North Richland Hills Public Library
Austin County Library System Fort Worth Library Nueces County Keach Family Library
Austin Memorial Library Franklin County Library Palacios Library Inc
Austin Public Library Friendswood Public Library Paris Public Library
Azle Memorial Library Friona Public Library Pasadena Public Library
Bailey H Dunlap Memorial Library Gaines County Library Patrick Heath Public Library
Balch Springs Library-Learning Center Gatesville Public Library Pearsall Public Library
Bastrop Public Library Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library Penitas Public Library
Baylor County Free Library Georgetown Public Library Pflugerville Public Library
Bee Cave Public Library Gibbs Memorial Library Pharr Memorial Library
Bell/Whittington Public Library Giddings Public Library Pilot Point Community Library
Bellaire City Library Gilbreath Memorial Library Pittsburg-Camp County Public Library
Benbrook Public Library Gilliam Memorial Public Library Plano Public Library System
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Gonzales Public Library Port Isabel Public Library
BiblioTech Grace Grebing Public/School Library Post Public Library
Blanche K Werner Public Library Grand Saline Public Library Poteet Public Library
Blanco County South Library District Grandview Public Library Pottsboro Area Public Library
Bonham Public Library Grapevine Public Library Prosper Community Library
Bowie Public Library Groesbeck Public Library Quemado Public Library
Boyce Ditto Public Library Groves Public Library Quitman Public Library
Breckenridge Library Gunter Library and Museum Rains County Public Library
Bridge City Public Library Hale Center Public Library Inc Ranger City Library
Brownsville Public Library Haltom City Public Library Rankin Public Library
Brownwood Public Library Harper Library Reagan County Library
Bryan+College Station Public Library System Harris County Public Library Real County Public Library
Buda Public Library Haslet Public Library Red River County Public Library
Buffalo Public Library Helen Hall Library Reeves County Library
Bullard Community Library Hemphill County Library Rhoads Memorial Library
Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Hewitt Public Library Rhome Public Library
Burkburnett Library Hidalgo Public Library Richard S and Leah Morris Memorial Library
Burnet County Library System Higgins Public Library Richardson Public Library
Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library Highland Park Library Rio Grande City Public Library
Calhoun County Public Library Hillsboro City Library Rio Hondo Public Library
Callahan County Library Hood County Public Library Rita & Truett Smith Public Library
Cameron Public Library Houston Public Library River Oaks Public Library
Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library Hutchinson County Library Roanoke Public Library
Canyon Area Library Hutto Public Library Robert J Kleberg Public Library
Caprock Public Library Imperial Public Library Rosenberg Library
Carl & Mary Welhausen Library Iraan Public Library Rotan Public Library
Carrollton Public Library Irving Public Library Round Rock Public Library System
Carson County Public Library Jackson County Memorial Library Round Top Family Library
Cedar Park Public Library Jacksonville Public Library Rowlett Public Library
Centennial Memorial Library Jasper Public Library Rube Sessions Memorial Library
CF Goodwin Public Library JH Wootters Crockett Public Library Runge Public Library
Chambers County Library System Joe Barnhart Bee County Library Rusk County Library System
Chandler Public Library John Ed Keeter Public Library Salado Public Library District
Charles J Rike Memorial Library Jones Public Library Sam Fore Jr Wilson County Public Library
Charlotte Public Library Judy B McDonald Public Library Sammy Brown Library
Chico Public Library Inc Keller Public Library San Antonio Public Library
City County Library Kendalia Public Library San Marcos Public Library
City of Garden Ridge Library Kendrick Memorial Library Santa Anna Library
City of Presidio Library Kenedy Public Library Schertz Public Library
City of Wolfforth Library Kennedale Public Library Schulenburg Public Library
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library Kent County Library Seagoville Public Library
Clint ISD Public Library Kilgore Public Library Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library
Clyde Public Library Killeen City Library System Shackelford County Library
Cochran County Love Memorial Library Killgore Memorial Library Sherman County Public Library
Cockrell Hill Public Library Kimble County Library Shiner Public Library
Coldspring Area Public Library Inc Krum Public Library Sinton Public Library
Coleman Public Library La Joya Municipal Library Smithville Public Library
Colleyville Public Library La Marque Public Library Smith-Welch Memorial Library
Collingsworth Public Library Laguna Vista Public Library Springlake-Earth Community Library
Comanche Public Library Lake Travis Community Library Stella Hill Memorial Library
Comfort Public Library Lake Whitney Library Sterling County Public Library
Commerce Public Library Lampasas Public Library Sterling Municipal Library
Converse Public Library Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library Stewart C Meyer Library
Cooke County Library Laredo Public Library Stonewall County Library
Copperas Cove Public Library Leander Public Library Swisher County Library
Corpus Christi Public Libraries Lee Public Library Taft Public Library
County-City Library Lena Armstrong Public Library Taylor Public Library
Crandall-Combine Community Library Leon Valley Public Library Teague Public Library
Crane County Library Lewisville Public Library Temple Public Library
Crockett County Public Library Liberty Hill Public Library Texarkana Public Library
Crosby County Library Liberty Municipal Library The Colony Public Library
Crowley Public Library Library of Graham The Library at Cedar Creek Lake
Cuero Public Library Live Oak County Library TLL Temple Memorial Library & Archives
D Brown Memorial Library Llano County Library System Tom Burnett Memorial Library
Dallam-Hartley County Library Lois Nelson Public Library Tye Preston Memorial Library
Dallas Public Library Lovett Memorial Library McLean Tyler Public Library
Deaf Smith County Library Lovett Memorial Library Pampa Unger Memorial Library
Decatur Public Library Lubbock Public Library Upton County Public Library
Dennis M O Connor Public Library Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library Utopia Memorial Library
Denton Public Library Lumberton Public Library Val Verde County Library
DeSoto Public Library Lytle Public Library Valley Mills Public Library
Dickens County Spur Public Library Madison County Library Van Alstyne Public Library
Dickinson Public Library Mae S Bruce Library Van Horn City County Library
Dilley Public Library Mansfield Public Library Van Zandt County Library
Dimmit County Public Library Marathon Public Library Victoria Public Library
Dr Hector P Garcia Memorial Library Marfa Public Library Vidor Public Library
Dripping Springs Community Library Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
Driscoll Public Library Marion Community Library W Walworth Harrison Public Library
Dublin Public Library Marshall Public Library Waller County Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Martin County Library Ward County Library
Duval County/San Diego Public Library Mason County M Beven Eckert Memorial Library Waskom Public Library
Eagle Pass Public Library Mathis Public Library Watauga Public Library
East Parker County Library Mayor Joe V Sanchez Public Library Weatherford Public Library
Ector County Library MB Noelke Jr Memorial Library Wells Branch Community Library
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library McAllen Memorial Library West Public Library
Edwards Public Library McGinley Memorial Public Library Westbank Community Library District
Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library Medina Community Library Westworth Village Public Library
El Paso Public Library Melissa Public Library Whitesboro Public Library
El Progreso Memorial Library Memphis Public Library Whitewright Public Library
Electra Public Library Mesquite Public Library William T Cozby Public Library
Elgin Public Library Midland County Public Library Wimberley Village Library
Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library of Forney Montgomery County Memorial Library System Winters Public Library
Elsa Public Library Moody Community Library Wolfe City Public Library
Ennis Public Library Moore Memorial Public Library Yoakum County Library
Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library

Come see us at #TXLA16!

Come see us at the Texas Library Association Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston! CTLS will be sharing a booth with the Tocker Foundation, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineers (TAME) Trailblazer bus, and the Writers’ League of Texas. We don’t currently have our booth number but will share as soon as we have that information. Look for the Trailblazer bus! We hope to see you there!

Summer Reading PSAs in English and Spanish Now Available from CSLP

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has created PSAs for your library to use to help promote your summer reading program! They are downloadable from their website, can be customized to include information about your library, are in English and Spanish, and there are a variety to pick from. You can embed them to your website or share them on social media to help spread the word! Go check them out!