30 years ago, most libraries still had card catalogs 22 years ago, no World Wide Web 18 years ago, no wikis or blogs 14 years ago, no Google 8 years ago, no Facebook, no Web 2.0 5 years ago, no Twitter 4 years ago, no iPhone 2 years ago, no iPad
Associations For All Kinds of Libraries Academic School Public Special
Academic Libraries Over 150 in Texas Some Key Issues: –Library instruction –Integrated Library Instruction / Collaboration –SACS –Marketing, PR, and Advocacy –Money
Public Libraries Over 570 in Texas Some Key Issues: –Professional staffing –Relevance in the Internet Age –Library instruction and Programming –Marketing, PR, and Advocacy –Money, money –Disaster Preparedness
Special Libraries Corporate, museum, medical, law, art, etc. Sometimes hard to define or count (Over 9000 nationwide) Some Key Issues: –Money money money –Rising data costs –Marketing, PR, & Advocacy
School Libraries Over 7000 in Texas Some Key Issues –Professional staffing –Integrated Library Instruction / Collaboration –Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills –Labeling and other challenges –Marketing, PR, and Advocacy –Money money money money
Q: How do we address common issues with one voice?
National Level American Library Association (ala.org) –American Association of School Librarians –Association of College & Research Libraries –Public Library Association –Special Library Association –Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies –Library Leadership & Management Association –Etc.
National Level (cont.) American Association of Law Libraries American Society for Information Science & Technology Chinese American Libraries Association Medical Library Association Music Library Association Urban Libraries Council
Social Media Revolution Rise of Virtual Conferences National Divisions and Round Tables giving way to Communities of Practice Opportunities for Digital Natives
ALA Annual Conference Over 25,000 participants Speakers include Dan Savage, Sue Gardner, Molly Shannon, Jeff Kinney, Daniel Ellsberg, Brooke Gladstone, Jeff Jarvis, and many more Meetings on every aspect of libraries Nationwide Placement Center
Texas Library Association Over 100 years old Largest state library association (bigger than New York, California, & Illinois combined) Nearly 7000 members Average of 7500 conference attendees 15 staff
TLA Divisions College & University Library Division Public Library Division Special Library Division Texas Association of School Libraries
1.Abilene 2.Amarillo 3.Austin 4.Corpus Christi 5.Dallas 6.El Paso 7.Fort Worth 8.Houston 9.Lubbock 10.San Antonio
Round Tables & Interest Groups Major areas of interest in librarianship –Acquisitions, Archives, Automation, Cataloging, Children, Genealogy, Library Instruction, Reference, Supervision & Management, Young Adults, etc. Special interests –Black Caucus, CE Providers, Distributed E-Learning, Doo Wop (fun), Gay-Lesbian-Transgendered, REFORMA, Service to Spanish Speakers, TALL Texans, TPALS (vendors), etc.
Committees (examples) Functions within the Association –Awards, Budget, By-Laws, Conference Programming, Continuing Education, Legislative, Membership, New Members Major ideals of the Association –Intellectual Freedom, Leadership Development, Professional Recruitment and Retention, Professional Rights and Responsibilities, Texas-Mexico Relations
CE Opportunities District Meetings and Workshops
CE Opportunities District Meetings and Workshops Online tutorials & webinars –www.txla.org/ce
Examples of TLA webinars Opportunities in academic libraries with Claremont CEO Robert Walton Outreach to special populations with ALA President Molly Raphael Management series with Dr. Julie Todaro Copyright series with attorney / consultant Gretchen McCord
Upcoming webinars Free job-hunting series in Summer 2011 Leadership series with future ALA President Maureen Sullivan Technology integration Management and Supervision Collaboration and partnerships Library instruction
CE Opportunities District Meetings and Workshops Online tutorials & webinars TALL Texans Leadership Development
TALL Texans topics Leadership vs Management Communication, Coaching, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Advocacy Strategic Planning, Risk- taking, Ethics Personal Career Planning