Category Archives: TLA

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.

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!

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.

Remembering Christine McNew

KP and ChristineImage from Katelyn Patterson

Texas Library Association statement, reprinted with permission

Remembering Christine McNew

Christine McNew, youth services coordinator in the Library Development and Networking Division at the Texas State Library and Archives passed away this week. Over the years, Christine made remarkable and highly visible contributions to the services offered to Texas libraries. She was a widely respected statewide expert on the topic of library services to children, and was a veteran of many workshops, webinars, and conference presentations on the subject.

Christine was always a tireless advocate of the power of summer reading programs and recently added important groundbreaking work encouraging summer nutrition programs at libraries. Christine will be long remembered for her substantial contributions over her entire career to excellence in library services to children. For decades to come, many thousands of children in Texas will benefit from her work.


The Texas Library Association put together a resolution in memory of Christine McNew.

TLA Resolution In Memory of ChristineShe will be missed by all.


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!

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

Texas Library Snapshot Day, October 31st

From the TLA website:


How does Library Snapshot Day work?

Although the standard date is October 31, libraries can pick any single day in October and promote that day to their community and students.

1. Let folks know you’ll be “snapping” a shot of the library’s activities that day. It’s your way of asking patrons to say “cheese!”

2. Collect data, stories, and photographs.

3. Upload that information to the Texas Library Snapshot Day Web form. Be sure to upload your information by November 15.

What then?
Libraries can use the information gathered in their own activities, see what other libraries are doing, and get a sense of statewide library usage. All the information is accessible to participating libraries.

Visit the TLA website to find out how to advocate for Texas libraries

TLA SMART Award Nomination Deadline Extended

The deadline for the SMART award has been extended to September 21, 2015.

The link for the award is available at:

The Supervision, Management and Administration Round Table recognizes innovation excellence with the annual “Smart Award”. This award is given to one library staff member annually for effective and successful implementation of an innovative project. The award is not limited to a supervisor, manager, or director but is open to anyone who implements a new program demonstrating best practices in management. The call for applications is issued in August. Applicants are required to complete the online form and submit it as directed on the form by the submission deadline, typically 30 days. 

Three finalists will be selected from the submissions and they will be invited to present their project and outcomes of the project at the annual TLA Conference during the Smart Award program. The winner is announced at the conclusion of the Smart Award program.

If you have questions about the Smart Award, please email the SMART Chair.

TLA District 3 Registration Now Open

Registration for the District 3 Fall Meeting is now open!   You can register on TLA website here:

Theme: Libraries of the Future/The Future is Now

Time: 8am-4pmOctober 9, Friday

          Onsite Registration: 8am-8:45am 


The Art Institute of Austin

101 W. Louis Henna Blvd. Suite 100

Austin, Texas 78728


Keynote Speakers:


Dr. Julie Todaro

Dean of Library Services, Austin Community College

President-Elect, American Library Association


Susan Mann

Director of Hillsboro Library

President, Texas Library Association




Renee Dyer

Librarian of Weslaco East High School, District 4

Chair, Texas Association of School Librarians

Heather Bailey

Public Awareness Coordinator, Talking Book Program

Texas State Library and Archives Commission


Cedar Ridge High School Students/Rachel Sotelo

Academy Specialist, Round Rock ISD


They are also currently seeking out exhibitors!Exhibitors can register through TLA website.

Not District 3? Check this page for the schedule of other district meetings around the state.


Public Library Scholarships Available for TLA Annual Conference 2016

February 1, 2016 – Deadline for Scholarship Application postmark
The Public Library Division of the Texas Library Association will award four individual Scholarships (stipends) of $500 each to qualified applicants currently employed in Texas public libraries. The purpose of the PLD Scholarship is to encourage TLA and PLD membership, to advance the goals and objectives of the Association, and to provide the means for supporting participation in TLA.

The stipends are available for public library employees who have not attended a TLA Conference before. Recipients will gain insight into the Public Libraries Division organization by volunteering during the conference.

For more information go to:

Submit an application and letter of reference postmarked by February 1, 2016 to:  

Jennifer Coffey
PLD Scholarship Committee Chair
Pflugerville Public Library
1008 W. Pfluger Street
Pflugerville, TX 78660