ALA Publications Web Extras

Free web extras complement ALA Editions print books. Check out such extras as  Webliographies, selected book content, sample templates, sample policies, and companion websites. Titles include Technology Made Simple, Teen Spaces, Preschool FavoritesFundamentals of Library Supervision, and many more.

Congrats to RoseAleta

from Christine McNew on the Texas State Library blog

Congratulations to RoseAleta Laurell, Director of the Ingleside Public Library!  The Texas State Library is very happy to announce that Librarian on the Roof! A True Story by M. G. King and Stephen Gilpinas will represent Texas on the 2010 National Book Festival “Great Reads About Great Places” list. Librarian on the Roof!, a picture book for children ages 4 to 8, will be published by Albert Whitman & Company on September 1, 2010.  It is the story of how RoseAleta raised the money for a children’s section of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart by spending a week living and working on the library roof.  After surviving a dangerous storm, RoseAleta raised over $39,000 from within the community and across the country!

Continue reading Congrats to RoseAleta

FAQ – Unattended Children

Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.


What do you do about unattended children in your library? Is it even a problem at your library? Is it something that needs to be written into the library policy? If so, is there an age cut-off?


  1. We have a written policy that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  While we don’t check ID at the door or anything, if a parent asks if they can leave their child or if the child is just dropped off or comes in by themselves and  is not exhibiting acceptable behavior we have something to back us up.
  2. We really didn’t want to write a policy, but had a very bad summer in 2009.  We had young kids (5 yr, 8 yr) being dropped off  at the library during the summer ALL DAY without meals or adults.  Bad, very bad.  And some parents would just send their small children off to the Children’s Area while they were glued to computer screens, ignoring their children’s bad behavior and crying.  There were a lot of complaints (one letter of complaint was published in the local newspaper) and I got quizzed by City Council.  When we wrote our Unattended Children policy, City Council approved unanimously. Continue reading FAQ – Unattended Children

The Westbank Library Wins a National Award

We are delighted to congratulate the Westbank Library on winning the American Library Association’s most prestigious award, the 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for public relations. The ALA has given the Library this much-deserved recognition for their three year effort to build, and fund, a new library while keeping to their mission: One Library; Two Locations. Director Beth Fox and Trustee Lyle Thormann were on-site to receive the JCD Award at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC on Sunday, June 27th. They were honored at a cocktail reception and are bringing home a plaque for all the library supporters! Check out their entry.

Sweating the small stuff…

Have you guys seen this TED talk? Ad-man Rory Sutherland discusses how modest solutions can often have a greater impact than the big expensive ideas and strategies. He emphasizes incentives for behavior change instead of trying to twist people’s arms. He also says that because people in power often have big budgets, they then deploy big budget solutions because they need to spend the money. So he wants to see a group of people with a lot of power but not that much money (oh, does that sound like some of our library budgets recently?). Very funny guy, take a look if you’ve got 12 minutes…

New resources to prepare for hurricane season

from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

June 1 marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Is your community prepared? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has added new resources to its Web page, Tools and Resources to Help Communities Prepare for Hurricane Season,to help communities prepare for and respond to hurricane events and other natural disasters. Visit AHRQ for information on more public health emergency preparedness tools and resources.

FAQ – Fax Service for Patrons

Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.


Does your library offer faxing service to patrons? How much do you charge?


  1. We charge 25 cents per page for local faxes and 50 cents per page for long distance. We do not accept faxes for the public.
  2. We offer fax service – $1 per page (sending or receiving).
  3. Our pay phone was removed, so we just decided to let people make local calls and local faxes from the same phone at the reference desk for free.
  4. We have fax service and charge 1.00 per page on outgoing and incoming. If there are 6 pages or more, starting with the 6th page we charge .50 for the rest. So if they fax 5 pgs we charge 5.00. If they fax 7 pages we charge 6.00.
  5. Over 9 years ago, we charged $1.00 to send & $.25 to receive. Ink & paper were involved in receiving. But it took staff longer to send & most of the faxes were long distance, so I justified the 1.00 toward those costs. TPLS was instrumental in getting fax machines in all the system libraries, & in the small towns the library was often the only “fax in town”. This is one of those services the library can recover costs, but not make a profit.
  6. We charge 50 cents per page regardless of local or long distance to send and receive. Very popular. We were getting so many request, we thought it would be a good service to add.
  7. We charge $2.00 per page to send a fax(we don’t charge for our cover sheet)
    and $1.00 per page to receive a fax.
  8. We charge $1 for local and $2 for long distance per page. We require a cover sheet. We do not accept faxes except by efax. We have waived the fees for hurricane victims that needed to submit paperwork. We have nearby places but not everyone likes to use them so we continue to provide this service. We have provided international long distance in the past at $5 per page as it requires more staff time and long distance fees are higher.
  9. We’ve had fax services for about 8 years now. This is a very useful service for our community, everyone loves the convenience. We are now getting our 3rd fax machine.We charge $1 per page for every page; local and long distance. We do not receive faxes for people.
  10. Yes, we do charge for faxes. The charge is $2.00 for the first page, and $1.00 thereafter.

from the ctls-l archives, circa 2008

Share Your School Library Stories

As a part of its continuing advocacy efforts, AASL is collecting school library stories to compile into a printed piece.  They are looking for short stories (one or two small paragraphs) on the successes of school librarians relating to education, college & and career readiness, equity, effective teachers, collaboration, leadership, ELLs, and increasing school performance.

Central Texas Library System, Inc.

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