The Long Range Planning Committee had their final meeting in January. The draft of the CTLS Long Range Plan will go to the CTLS Board before their March meeting. The plan expands in a few ways the 2014-2017 Long Range Plan. Continue reading From the Executive Director→
We hear a lot of talk about libraries borrowing from the business world: Internet cafés, self checkout stations, books shelved at the front of the shelf for easy access (instead of the back to protect them from dust), people are even free to walk among the books without an escort. We do not say much about the other side of the street, but there is plenty of action there too.
As some of you may know, beginning in January I will be the youth services librarian at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library. It is with a heavy heart that I leave my CTLS family. Over my almost 10 years at CTLS, I feel deeply in love with public libraries. Enough so that I earned my Masters during this time so that I could better support them. I have been continually encouraged to grow professionally which leads me to make this move today. I will forever be grateful for the education and support I have gotten over the years from Pat Tuohy, Laurie Mahaffey, Suzan Nyfeler, Kim Lehman, Holly Gordon, Jennifer Patterson, and Paul Waak. They are, of course, just a small part of my CTLS family.
The rest of it is all of you. All of the Texas libraries I have had the pleasure to assist over the years. In my time as a consultant with CTLS, I have learned so much from all of you. In every project I have tried to put an emphasis in sharing knowledge with each other because it is from you, who are in the stacks day after day being innovative and creative, where so much knowledge really comes. I look forward to continuing to learn from you all and hope you will keep in touch. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and my professional blog where I hope to continue sharing with other youth librarians in this new adventure. And, of course, you will continue to see me active on our email lists, CTLS-L and CTLS-Youth.
Thank you for all that you have given me over the years. My time with CTLS has been a life-changing experience that I will always cherish. While I am sad to say goodbye, I am thrilled to join your ranks and serve the Texas public.
Please join us in congratulating Kim Kroll, Director of the Lena Armstrong Public Library, for completing the American Library Association’s certification program to become a Certified Public Library Administrator. Kroll finished as one of 98 graduates of the program.
I hope you will join us for our annual Summer Reading Program workshop series being held in January!
Spark your creativity and get great ideas to make your summer programs a success. CTLS favorite Kim Lehman will be sharing activities from the CSLP manual “Libraries Rock!” and additional ideas for all age groups, with an emphasis on elementary ages. In the afternoon we will set aside some time for participant sharing. Bring your ideas!
You can register for the workshop closest to you using the links below.
Library Journal has just announced the results of the tenth edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.
A big congratulation to the following Texas libraries who have earned stars for their services, funding levels & other factors.
Springlake-Earth Community Library
Saint Jo Public Library, Saint Jo, Texas Fayette Public Library, La Grange, Texas Electra Public Library, Electra, Texas
Haslet Public Library, Haslet, Texas Seven Points’ Library, Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library , Rocksprings, Texas Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove, Texas Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver City, Texas
Upton County Public Library, McCamey, Texas Hughes Springs Area Public Library, Hughes Springs, Texas