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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:
- 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.
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.
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!
Look for your fellow CTLS members at the Public Library Division Membership Party at the 2016 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Houston at the end of the month!
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
From the TLA website:
TEXAS LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY PROVES Texans Love Libraries!
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.
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
The Texas Library Association’s annual Library Snapshot Day celebration is officially scheduled for October 31, but libraries can select any day in October as their Snapshot Day. This event offers libraries a framework for promoting services, inviting the public and media to the library, and capturing important information that can be used in advocacy and promotional materials.
TLA’s official Snapshot Day website – www.texaslibrarysnapshotday.org – has resources (e.g., a sample press release, customer/student input forms, instructions for submitting final data and uploading photographs, video/photo permissions form, tips for using the information, and much more!).
Thanks to Gloria Meraz at TLA for this information.
At the TLA Conference this past week, Pat received the TLA Distinguished Service Award. We are so proud of her! This award recognizes substantial demonstration of leadership to the profession. For over 30 years, Patricia Tuohy has provided outstanding leadership for the Central Texas Library System, a system that has grown from 37 to 80 libraries during her tenure. She has also held a number of diverse TLA responsibilities, most notably serving as the Local Arrangements chair for Legislative Day in Austin since it began in the 1980s. Congratulations, Pat, for this well-deserved recognition!