See you there!
Safe travels for everyone headed to the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in San Antonio! CTLS and Tocker will be sharing a booth in the exhibit hall. All CTLS staff will be at conference so our office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. If you need us, come by the booth and say hello! We will be giving away packets of 10 solar viewing glasses per library while supplies last.
Also, a library will be returning one of our die cut machines from the CTLS Professional Collection while in San Antonio. Are you interested in borrowing it and a set of dies while you are at TLA? Let Katelyn Patterson know so arrangements for an exchange can be made!
See you there!
The Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station teamed up with Texas A&M libraries to host the 4th annual Edible Book Festival on April 1st and got a wonderful write up and video in local media. Check it out!
Recently, CTLS staff member Katelyn Patterson attended the Austin Edible Book Fest. Watership Upside-Down, an upside down chocolate raspberry cake, took home Best in Show.
These are fun events that encourage creativity and, in some cases, engineering! Please let us know if you hosted one at your library!
Check out the fantastic line up of young adult authors that recently attended the Teen Bookfest By the Bay in Corpus Christi! We also love the poster artwork.
The Teen Bookfest By the Bay is a non-profit organization that was started by Corpus Christi Bay area school and public librarians for local teens. Their first event was in 2015.
Sounds like a wonderful event!
The Texas State Library has shared some powerful images and media with information from their Return on Investment 2017 Study. Share these resources widely to let your communities know the true value of your public library.
Shared from the Library Issues and Taking Action page of the Texas Library Association Website:
SB 902 Would Eliminate Most Criteria for Public Library Accreditation
Senator Brian Birdwell (SD 22) introduced SB 902 relating to a prohibition on the adoption of certain library standards by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). TLA strongly opposes this bill which would diminish the quality of library services throughout the state, and dilute and devalue legitimate public library service by eliminating common baselines for professionalism, services and resources.
The bill prohibits TSLAC from requiring libraries to meet minimum accreditation standards related to:
To participate in state programs incuding TexShare and interlibrary loan, and to be eligible for competitive grants, public libraries must meet minimum accreditation standards. These accreditation standards ensure the efficient and accountable use of state and federal resources, and set basic standards to assure statewide equity in the provision of library services. The minimum standards, which were developed in collaboration with library stakeholders and local governments from across the state, set reasonable, reachable, and essential expectations for basic library services while being respectful of local economic challenges. 93% of Texas’ public libraries meet the minimum standards.
The bill was referred to the Senate Business and Commerce committee. TLA members are continuing to reach out to their Senators to express their oppostion, and TLA has met with committee staff to share our concerns.
Take Action- SB 902
Contact your senator and representative and share your concerns about the impact of this bill on Texas’ public library services. Discuss the bill with your staff, city/county officials, boards, and other stakeholder groups, asking them to oppose the bill and to contact their senator and representative.
Today, April 3rd, is the first deadline to contact your representatives to ask them to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters. These two letters ask Appropriators to support Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding.
If you are unsure if your representative has signed the letter, you can use this database to find out. ALA’s Take Action page makes it easy to contact the appropriate people with talking points. You can send an email, make a phone call, or send a tweet. If your rep has signed the letter, please call to thank them!
The Texas Library Association released a statement on the President’s proposed budget which eliminates federal library funding.
The Texas State Library recently released a wonderful video showing the impact that IMLS has on all Texans.
Don’t let the word deadline stop you either. April 3rd is only the first deadline, but EveryLibrary assures me that it isn’t over until the budget is passed. Continuing contacting representatives past April 3rd!
Tom Green County Library System had a very successful grand opening for their new STEAM Central makerspace. Around 250 people of all ages attended and everyone responded enthusiastically. The photos really say it all.
Read more about it in the San Angelo Standard-Times http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/local/2017/03/23/grand-opening-makerspace-gets-enthusiastic-response/99558094/
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