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Maximize your technological know-how.

Get the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize social media platforms, web applications, digital content, and tech tools that wow students, teachers, and administrators. Learn what’s hot, what will be hot, and how to master and promote these resources to build learning and collaboration at your school or public library. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) preconference.

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Use Your Library Voice: Personalizing Advocacy

All politics is local and all successful advocacy is personal. Building relationships with elected officials is essential to making sure your message is heard. Learn how to make the first move, and put the lessons into practice with a visit to the Texas Capitol.

Monday, April 15  | 9:30am – 2:30pm

9:30am Registration

10:00 – 11:30am What’s Happening at the Texas Capitol?

We’re more than halfway through the 86th Texas Legislative Session. How are libraries faring? Panelists will share the latest news straight from the Capitol.

Marty De Leon, Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
Susan Mann, Hillsboro City Library
Mark Smith, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Wendy Woodland, Texas Library Association

11:45am – 1:15pm* How to Hug a Porcupine: The Importance of Building Relationships with Lawmakers

Building relationship with elected officials can sometimes be difficult and may feel prickly, like hugging a porcupine. Our keynote luncheon speaker will help you overcome that discomfort, revealing the methods and benefits for building relationships. Learn who state legislators listen to; what their staffers say are the most effective communication tactics; and how to conduct effective in-person meetings.

Seth Turner, Director of Citizen Engagement, Congressional Management Foundation, Washington, D.C.
*Lunch provided

1:30 – 2:30pm What to Expect at the Texas Capitol

It’s time to put all that you’ve learned into practice! Panelists will share insights into what you can expect as you head to the Texas Capitol for meetings. Review the leave-behind materials and talking points. Experienced TLA members will be available to accompany participants on their visits.

Susan Mann, Hillsboro City Library
Alex Simons, University of Houston

2:30pm Leave for the Texas Capitol**
**Attendees are responsible for their own transportation via ride-share or taxi.

Registration $25 | Registration deadline March 31, 2019

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Enhance Spanish Communication and Cultural Competencies

Want to improve communication with your Spanish-speaking patrons? Bilingual librarians will lead this interactive workshop with language lessons  tailored to library usage, as well as cultural competencies.

Monday, April 15 | 8am – 12pm

Presenters

  • Karen Braeuler, Cresencia Huff, and Ana Menchaca, San Antonio Public Library
  • Ana Frade and Roberto Zapata, Houston Public LIbrary
  • Esther Del Carmen Garcia, Plano Public Library
  • Irene Magana-Noverola and Diana Miranda-Murillo, Austin Public Library
  • Nancy Rodriguez, Harris County Public Library

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Leading Across Generations

Multiple generations in the workplace provide exciting opportunities but also present unique challenges. Learn how to communicate effectively and motivate your diverse team. Discuss your issues with managers who currently supervise multigenerational teams.

Monday, April 15 | 8am – 12pm

Presenter

  • Vicki Clark, Building the Capacity of Organizations (TN)

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Mental Health Crisis Planning and De-Escalation Practice

Learn how to respond effectively to a mental health crisis. Develop skills needed to address and de-escalate crisis situations in a calm, responsible and compassionate way.

Monday, April 15 | 8am – 12pm

Presenters

  • Marisa Aguilar, Integral Care
  • Randy Hunt, Austin Police Department
  • Karen Ranus, National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Upcycling Books

At this workshop, learn how to create works of art and/or salable items from unwanted book donations. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, March 31 through preregistration.

Monday, April 15 | 8am – 12pm

Presenter

  • Julia Ousley, New Braunfels Public Library

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Archiving for Non-Archivists

Are you in charge of an archival collection but lack formal training? Learn the basic skills to care for archival collections and provide access to patrons. Attendees will describe, arrange, and house archival materials during a hands-on portion of the workshop. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, march 31 through preregistration.

Monday, April 15 | 8am – 4pm

Presenter

  • Megan Firestone, St. Edward’s University

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Keeping Current with Copyright to Best Serve Your Community

The session will offer a deeper understanding of copyright law and recent revisions provide practical applications of the law, and how to develop into a Copyright Resource Center for your community.

Monday, April 15 | 8am – 5pm

Presenter

  • John Saint Amour, U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress

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Inform, Instruct, and Inspire Your Patrons with Oral History

More and more librarians and archivists are tasked with creating or curating oral history collections. This program will help librarians promote and utilize their oral history collections in order to serve and connect with their communities.

Monday, April 15 | 9am – 12pm

Presenters

  • Adrienne Cain and Stephen Sloan, Baylor University

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Preparing Librarians to Teach Adult Learners

Many librarians teach adults, but feel unprepared in the role of instructor. Discover fundamentals of adult learning theory, generational differences in learning, and specific ways to help different types of learners. Identify how setting and instruction materials can make a difference to adult learners.

Monday, April 15 | 9am – 4pm

Presenter

  • Jessica Curtis, Westerville Public Library (OH)

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Storytime Pizzazz

Effectively incorporate storytelling, music, magic, puppets, props, and crafts in children’s programs. Gain many practical, easy to implement and inexpensive literacy ideas to add spark to your story times. Actively participate through creative dramatics, string play and much more!

Monday, April 15 | 1pm – 4pm

Presenter

  • Kim Lehman, Storyteller

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Why Reinvent the Wheel? Speed Dating with Planners for Adult Programs

Kick your programming into high gear with trending ideas from librarians across the state. Program planning details have been ironed out so you won’t be starting from scratch. Presented in small groups, you’ll leave with confidence and a toolkit to forge ahead with fresh ideas.

Monday, April 15 | 1pm – 4pm

Presenters

  • Julie Chapa and Linda Sappenfield, Round Rock Public Library
  • Charles Dansby, Benbrook Public Library
  • Annie Guzman, Plano Public Library
  • Constance Keremes, Patrick Heath Public Library
  • Tommi Myers, Llano County Library
  • Toni Nietfeld, Georgetown Public Library
  • Katrina A. O’Keefe, Wells Branch Community Library
  • Sarah Beth Timm, Texas A&M University – San Antonio

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SMART Management Summit

Learn about project planning and management, data-driven decision-making, team-building, assessment, and time management. Participants will plan projects assigned during the preconference within the small group, and will practice giving and receiving feedback.

Monday, April 15 | 1pm – 5pm

Presenter

  • Joseph Rowe-Morris, Dallas Public Library

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Speed Dating the Bluebonnets!

Authors and illustrators will share the inspiration for their titles, and Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee members will share activities to enrich the books on the 2019-2020 Master List.

Monday, April 15 | 2pm – 5pm

Hilton Downtown Hotel, 500 E. 4th Street

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