#TXLA16 Robotics presentation

#TXLA16 Robotics presentation

Just got word that my proposal for a session on robotics programming at the 2016 Texas Library Association Annual Conference  has been accepted! The session, Bleep! Blorp! Books! Robots in the Library:  How to Sustain a Robotics Program @ Your Library, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday of the conference, April 21st. Headed to Houston in the spring!! 😀

Another successful TLA Conference

Another successful TLA Conference

The rest of the #txla15 conference was a blast. I made some great connections for what we hope will be a second year for ‘Bots and Books. I didn’t go on Friday because I couldn’t stand to be away from my kids for another day. So Thursday night was my big finale with the Book Cart Drill Team Competition and the Storytelling Concert. Couldn’t have ended on a better note, really. Although my phone was practically dead, I did manage to get videos from both. Here you go!

The Capital Funk Crew from Austin ISD

The Bibliophiles from Austin Public Library

The Bee Side Story from Bee Cave Public Library

The Hip Hop Librarians from Round Rock ISD

The Database Darlings from Texas State University

And finally, the male prairie chickens at the Storytelling Concert provided much entertainment while dancing to Lucas Miller’s Prairie Chicken Boogie.

I used to plan political and fundraising events for a living. Even weddings when I had to. *shudders at the memory* I was one of many who worked on the Presidential Debate when one took place in Austin back in 2008. And I cannot image how much work goes into making such a big conference run so smoothly. There were some issues with the app, but I can honestly say that was the biggest problem I saw, though I did not spend a lot of time in the exhibits or in the author sessions. The Austin Convention Center has some serious design flaws, but it is really the only venue in town. I think the last numbers I heard were that we were 33 people short of 8,000 attendees! The staff of the Texas Library Association did good work!

As usual, my brain will be on overdrive for weeks with all of the wonderful information I discovered. But I made sure to have a slow weekend before getting back to prepping for my Customer Service workshop.

5 Steps to Marketing Library Services Using Social Media

5 Steps to Marketing Library Services Using Social Media

Today I gave my presentation on marketing library services using social media at the Texas Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Austin. For some reason, the app was not making the slides available so I wanted to make them available here and below. Please let me know if you have anything to add or any questions!


Library Management in the Digital Age with Dr. Julie Todaro: FREE!

TLA is hosting a webinar with Dr. Julie Todaro, dean of libraries at Austin Community College and current candidate for President of ALA. For FREE! Register here.

April 7, 1-2pm Central Time

Managing and leading in library and information settings today requires: different techniques to address change in general; techniques for identifying change specific to organizations and workers; timing considerations for faster moving work and umbrella organization settings; using contemporary visuals for illustrating issues; finding unique data for articulating value; and, persuasive content to match techniques to target populations. This one-hour webinar offers specific ideas and techniques for managers and leaders as well as a handout with extensive web links of content and examples.

via Digital Age Management and Leadership: Five Critical Steps to Integrating Digital Age Techniques into the Workplace | Texas Library Association.

I was visited by the Ghost of ALA Future last night.

I was visited by the Ghost of ALA Future last night.

This video of Barbara Striping talking about voting in ALA Elections started playing on my computer in the middle of the night for some reason waking me and my husband up.

Needless to say, it was a little unsettling. Professional Confessional: I have not ever voted in an ALA election before. I probably actually can’t at this point because I think I need to renew my membership? Anyway, it was a little like I was Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the Ghost of ALA Future warning me of the things to come.

But i DID vote for the first time in the TLA elections this year!

Have you voted? Ever run for a position with ALA or TLA before? Being a presenter for the first time this year, I am very interested in getting more involved in TLA, for sure. And I would LOVE to go to more ALA conferences. But membership and attending conferences is very pricey. Some day…

ALA voting begins today and goes through May 1st. Go here to cast your ballot.

TLA voting… just happened. Might be over? Honestly I can’t find any dates on their website. Not good. But here is a link to the Members Only area where you would vote if it was still happening.

UPDATE: I was able to vote in the ALA elections! I guess my membership hadn’t run out? Not sure how but… Big year for me, guys! 🙂

TLA 2015… Here I come!

TLA 2015… Here I come!

Well, I won’t really be going that far, actually. Just up the street, really. But I am so excited because this year I will be a first-time presenter at TLA’s Annual Conference here in Austin. I will be on a panel with Cesar Garza of the Austin Public Library and Virginia Gause of The University of Texas – Pan American discussing Social Media and Marketing in Libraries.

I finally registered and looked over all of the sessions. There are so many I want to attend! The week is going to be packed and I can’t wait to share it all with you on here.

I will also share my presentation here after the fact as I suspect I will be tweaking it until the last minute! This is, I hope, my first of many presentations at TLA!