Category Archives: TLA

TxLa Webinar on Disaster Preparedness

From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:

Libraries in southeast Texas are just now beginning the long process of recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and this disaster has made many libraries around the state questioning their readiness in the event of a natural disaster.

Join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 2pm. to learn how to bring damaged libraries back after a disaster. Our special guest is Susan Quinn, director of Ocean Beaches Public Library in New Jersey. Her community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and she has critical advice and insights into recovery, and preparing for future disasters.

Wednesday, September 27
2-3pm central time
REGISTER<https://join.onstreammedia.com/register/80146595/harveyreg>

Texas Library Recovery Connection

From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:

As the long slow process of recovery begins, we are beginning to hear about libraries facing tremendous damage and total devastation. Librarians are returning to determine their most immediate and long term needs for assistance.

The Texas Library Association developed the Texas Library Recovery Connection an online information<http://www.txla.org/library-recovery> sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need. The Google spreadsheet<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x_iuLXoK79MAeQMes5cD9_viCR-j9n4h7dzWOmyjdq0/edit#gid=0>, similar to those developed by other grassroots groups, is a tool where librarians and library supporters can enter pertinent information.

There are two worksheets in the Google spreadsheet – one for libraries needing assistance, and one for companies/organizations and others offering assistance. Our hope is that this simple information sharing system will help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.

Please share this link with your colleagues: www.txla.org/library-recovery.  The webpage has general information and links to the Google spreadsheet.

The outpouring of support from the library community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is truly inspiring. Thank you!

Weathering the Storm

We sincerely hope that all of your libraries and communities are safe and receive little damage from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. The Texas Library Association has a list of Disaster Relief Resources as well as their application to receive Disaster Relief Funds. If you would like to make a donation, you can purchase a TLA Coloring book whose proceeds benefit disaster relief or donate directly to the Disaster Relief Fund here.

If any of your libraries begin an online fundraising campaign to help with recovery, please send them to us so that we can help spread the word.

Stay safe!

 

Come See Us at #txla17!

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.

Continue reading Come See Us at #txla17!

Taking Action on Senate Bill 902 and Public Library Accreditation

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

Fact Sheet Talking Points (for internal use only)

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:

  • Local operating expenditures
  • Collections based on publication dates
  • Hours of operation
  • The number or classification of library employees

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.

TLA prepared SB 902 talking points to help you prepare for these meetings and conversations, and the SB 902 Fact Sheet to share with legislators, local officials, stakeholders etc.

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.
Paul

TLA Announces TALL Texans, Class of 2016

CTLS wishes to congratulate this year’s class of TALL Texans!

From the TLA website:

The Texas Library Association is proud to announce the Class of 2016 for the Texas Accelerated Library Leaders program, more popularly known as the TALL Texans Leadership Institute:

Maria Baagala, University of Texas at Arlington
Kelsey Brett, University of Houston
Christy Cochran, Austin Independent School District
Priscilla Delgado, San Marcos Independent School District
Jennifer De Waelsche, San Antonio Independent School District
Marianne Follis, Irving Public Library
Debbie Garza, Dawson County Public Library
Wendy Howk, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio
Erica Hubbard, Houston Community College
Cassie Janda, Saginaw Independent School District
Angela Kent, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Austin
Irena Klaic, Austin Community College
Lisa Kulka, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio
Morgan McMillian, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin
Anthony Micchelli, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio
Elma Nieto-Rodriguez, San Antonio Public Library
Sarah Northam, Texas A&M Commerce
Jennifer Peters, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Austin
Cecily Ponce de Leon, Plano Public Libraries
Ray Sablack, Dallas Public Library
Andrea Schorr, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
Sonja Schulz, Nacogdoches Independent School District
Christina Thompson, Harris County Public Library
Cindi Wynia, Amarillo Public Library