TLA's Libraries Transform Texas PodcastOct 02, 2023
Joys of Rural Librarianship: A Conversation with Elsie Purcell
Elsie Purcell, Library Director of Hondo Public Library, shares the joys and challenges of rural librarianship in Hondo, population 8400.
Get inspired at the TCAL Conference!
Cynthia Rodriguez, Director of Library Services at Laredo College Libraries, and chair-elect of the Texas Council of Academic Libraries, is our guest for this episode. She shares all the reasons we're excited for the upcoming TCAL annual conference, Sept 18-19 in College Station, from networking with other academic library leaders to the keynote address from Dr. Michelle Cantu-Wilson.
Banned Books Week: Interview with Llano Champions of the Right to Read
In this special "Banned Books Week" episode, Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Leila Green Little and Diane Moster, two of the plaintiffs in the Little vs. Llano County civil lawsuit. Little and Moster are two of the seven plaintiffs in the lawsuit; all seven received the Sam G. Whitten Intellectual Freedom Award from the Texas Library Association for their outstanding work for intellectual freedom.
#FReadom Fighters: An interview with Becky Calzada and Carolyn Foote for Banned Books Week
Jessica Silva, Faculty Librarian at Austin Community College, interviews #FReadom Fighters Becky Calzada and Carolyn Foote about founding this grassroots movement for intellectual freedom. Calzada and Foote talk about how the #FReadom movement started, who inspires them and how they gained experience as advocates.
Banned Books Week Under Fire: Surviving a Challenge
Last year, Danielle Brigati, Library Director of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library in Kerrville, found herself at the center of a controversy after the public library's Banned Books Week display was challenged by community members. In this episode, Dianna Landes, Director of the Lakehills Area Library, interviews Danielle about what happened, how the library stood up for the right to read, and her advice on making sure your public library has a strong collection development policy.
Pro tips for TLA's new Members Only area and TLA Engage
Christy Reynolds, TLA's Membership Engagement Manager, gives us the scoop on the new Members-Only area and how best to use our online community, TLA Engage.
Tips on Submitting a Successful TLA 2024 Conference Proposal
TLA Education and Programs Manager Kelly Mantay shares keys to success when submitting a proposal for TLA 2024, the Texas Library Association's annual conference that will be held next spring in San Antonio. From mistakes to avoid to what kind of sessions librarians are looking for, you can learn it in this short podcast!
Summer Reads with Humor Writer Wendi Aarons
Whether you are middle grade or middle-aged, this episode has a book recommendation for you! Join us for a laugh and a chat with Austin area humor writer Wendi Aarons. In the last year she has written two books with funny leads. The first is, "Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian," about a funny adolescent girl that is trying to find a new voice in her stand-up comedian career, all while she navigates the sometimes funny, sometimes not, world of middle-school friendships. The second, humorous memoir "I'm Wearing Tunics Now" chronicles Aarons' personal experience navigating professional pursuits, friendships, and fashion in middle age. Beyond book talks, hear the role libraries played in Aarons' writing over the years as well as ideas on how libraries can support local authors! Hosted by librarian Cate Sweeney.
Passive Programming Ideas for School Libraries
Passive programming ideas are something every librarian needs. Passive programming encompasses a variety of types of programs that allow students to participate on their own, at any time. It might mean an array of board games or giant Jenga or checkers at the library, or make and take kits students can bring home.
In this episode, Katherine Counterman, an elementary school librarian in Katy ISD and a member of TLA’s PR and Marketing Committee, interviews Melinda Lanham, lead librarian of Belton ISD and librarian at Belton New Tech High School. We’ll also hear from Noel Hill, a teacher and librarian at Calhoun Middle School in Denton ISD. We’re excited for you to hear their ideas.
Let’s Talk Story Walk: Passive Programming for Public Libraries
Today’s episode focuses on two innovative ways to do Story Walks. A Story Walk is a fun activity where pages from a children's book are printed and placed in displays along a walkable path at a park, school, or neighborhood. In today’s episode, Katherine Counterman of TLA’s PR and Marketing Committee, interviews Haley Nye Phillips, outreach librarian at Denton Public Library and Megan Farve, Outreach Librarian at McKinney Public Library. Haley discusses the Story Walk program she brought to Denton Square, the downtown courthouse square in Denton and Megan talks about the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Storywalk she created in McKinney.
How Digital Navigators in public libraries help narrow the digital divide
Dianna Landes, Director of the Lakehills Area Library, is our guest host for this podcast. She interviews Cindy Fisher, Senior Program Coordinator, Texas Broadband Development Office, and the former Digital Inclusion Coordinator of TSLAC. They talk about the Texas Digital Navigators grant program, run through TSLAC, which awarded grants to help libraries close the digital divide in their area in a measurable way. Digital Navigators are individuals who address the whole digital inclusion process — home connectivity, devices, and digital skills — with community members through repeated interactions. Dianna discusses the Digital Navigator program at her library and they talk about the ways libraries can help people connect.
First time at the TLA conference? What to know before you go.
This special episode is all about the TLA 2023 Annual Conference, happening April 19-22 in Austin. We have two guests here to talk about “What to Know Before You Go.” We’re delighted to have Jenni Jacobs, librarian from Texas Tech University and chair of the New Member Round Table, and Christy Reynolds, membership coordinator at TLA, as our guests for this episode.
TALL Texans: Let's Talk about Content
In this special podcast series about the TALL Texans Leadership Institute, Brandi Dawson, chair of the TALL Texans Round Table, examines a different aspect of TALL Texans each week. In this episode, Brandi talks with TALL Texan alumni Judy Boone (Director of Digital and Learning Resources at Irving ISD) and Chamong Siong (Senior Librarian, Fort Worth Public Library) about their experiences at TALL Texans and what to expect from the content there. They discuss how TALL Texans can help librarians at various stages in their careers and how they keep the lessons from TALL fresh after the program ends.
TALL Texans: Where to find funding
Brandi Dawson, chair of the TALL Texans Round Table, talks about where to find funding (stipends from your unit, school district foundations) to help cover the cost of the TALL Texans Leadership Institute.
Hidden Gems of the TLA 2023 Annual Conference
What are the "Hidden Gems" that you don't want to miss at the upcoming TLA Annual Conference - the education sessions that are worth your time, but might otherwise get overlooked? Here to share their wisdom is Mary Woodard, our TLA President, recently retired from Mesquite ISD; Jo Giudice, co-chair of the Conference Program Committee and the Director of the Dallas Public Library; and Emma McDonald co-chair of the Conference Program Committee and Director of Library Services at Mesquite ISD. See what sessions they recommend that might otherwise go overlooked. #txla23
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for TALL Texans
Brandi Dawson, chair of the TALL Texans Round Table, interviews Donna Kearley, chair of the TALL Texans Selection Committee, about common mistakes to avoid when applying for the TALL Texans Leadership Institute and why it's worth applying again even if you applied unsuccessfully before.
TLA's Librarian of the Year: Engaging students with gaming clubs, Magic the Gathering, eSports and more
Alexandra Cornejo, chair of the TLA PR & Marketing Committee, and Library Media Specialist at the Harlingen School of Health Professions, interviews Karina Quilantan-Garza, TLA's Librarian of the Year. Karina is the Library Media Specialist at Jaime Escalante Middle School in Pharr-San Juan- Alamo ISD. They discuss advocating for their students in the Rio Grande Valley, setting up a gaming club to teach creativity and connectivity through tabletop games, card games and esports, and why sharing their students' stories is so important.
How to apply to TALL Texans! New application portal, logistics and more.
Brandi Dawson, chair of the TALL Texans Round Table, talks about the new application for the TALL Texans Leadership Institute and goes over logistics of this renowned leadership program. Part 1 of a mini-series about TALL Texans, hosted by Brandi.
Setting Up High School Students for Success in College and Beyond
This episode is hosted by Jessica Silva, librarian at El Paso High School, El Paso ISD and our topic today is “How to set up high school students for success in college and beyond.”
Our featured guests are Lorely Ambriz, El Paso Community College; Jackie Chetzron, Dallas ISD; David Baca, Texas A&M University -Galveston; Jennifer Ottinger, Texas Woman's University; and Bryant Moore, Texas A&M - San Antonio. Guests discuss how best to prepare high school students for the rigor of college coursework and how to help them utilize library resources while in college.
Top reasons to be a TLA member and attend the TLA Annual Conference
In this 12-minute episode, two Texas Library Association staff members, Membership Coordinator Christy Reynolds and Meeting and Events Manager Michelle Cruz, share their top three reasons you should renew your TLA membership (or join if you are new to our organization) and register for the annual conference.
Libraries Transform Texas Week Part 2: Hedgie's Adventures at Barbara Bush Branch Library
In this episode (part 2 of our episodes for Libraries Transform Texas Week), Dianna Landes, director of the Lakehills Area Library, interviews Julie Hermonat of the Barbara Bush Library in Spring. Julie talks about the fun "Hedgie's Adventures" program at her library, where kids take home a pompon hedgehog and record their adventures with Hedgie in a special journal. This fun program would be easy to duplicate at another library, learn all about it here.
Libraries Transform Texas Week Part 1: Amarillo Public Library's AMA-CON
We have a special two-part episode for Libraries Transform Texas week! In part I, Dianna Landes, director of the Lake Hills Library, interviews Stacy Clopton, public relations coordinator of the Amarillo Public Library, about AMA-CON, a huge sci-fi, pop culture and anime convention in Amarillo organized by the Amarillo Public Library. They also discuss the library's "seed library" for local gardeners and how to set up a MakerSpace.
Banned Books Week 2022, Part 2
This is part 2 of 2. Our featured guest for this podcast is Dorcas Hand, school library advocate and coordinator of the Intellectual Freedom Helpline for the Texas Library Association. Cate Sweeney, vice-chair of TLA's PR and Marketing Committee, interviews Dorcas. In this section, we hear about how the Intellectual Freedom Helpline was developed and how it's different from (and complements) the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Banned Books Week 2022, part I
Let's celebrate Banned Books Week!
Our featured guest for this podcast is Dorcas Hand, school library advocate and coordinator of the Intellectual Freedom Helpline for the Texas Library Association. Cate Sweeney, vice-chair of TLA's PR and Marketing Committee, hosts this episode. In Part I, we'll hear from Dorcas about three different book challenges she faced as a school librarian; as well as what the Helpline does and how it can help you.
Marketing Your Skill Sets
Librarians have a tremendous number of skills, but sometimes we lack confidence in promoting those skills to the world. Kendra Harrell, director of the Atlanta, TX Public Library, talks with Kelly Hoppe, Head of Outreach and Instruction at Cornette Library, West Texas A&M University, and Carol Seiler of EBSCO Information Services about library skill sets and how to market your true capabilities to other libraries and the non-library world.
Friends of the Library groups and how they support public libraries
In this episode, Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Pat Bjornson, a longtime volunteer with the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, to talk about Friends of the Library groups and everything they do to help public libraries at the branch level. From holding book sales to raising money for remodels to hosting appreciation dinners for library staff, public libraries could not do what they do without support from Friends volunteers.
Holding Summer Programs at Your School Library
Traditionally, we think of summer reading programs at public libraries. But what about a summer program at your school library?
In today’s episode, Katherine Counterman, an elementary librarian in Katy ISD, interviews Sean Heller, librarian at Stockdick Junior High School in Katy ISD. For the last five years, Sean kept his school library open one day a week in the summer. He saw great turnout from students and families and any student, from any school, was welcome. He talks about story times for younger siblings, parents using WiFi and keeping books available in a book desert while school is out.
TALL Texans and What It Can Do for You
Brandi Dawson, Supervisor of Library Media Services for Lewisville ISD, hosts this panel discussion about the TALL Texans leadership program -- applying, attending, and what happens after the week of learning. Guests on the panel are Heather Hornor, Library & Information Tech Specialist at Richardson Independent School District; Dawn Wilbert, Director of the Decatur Public Library; LaMoya Burks, Head Librarian at Texarkana College and Valerie Prilop, Senior Librarian at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
It’s National Library Week! We visit Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You can check out cake pans with different shapes, learn about historic recipes and more.
In honor of National Library Week (April 3-9), Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews staff from the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne about their creative programs. Guests are Natalie Morgan, Robin Stauber, Alison Topper and Erica Metz, all of Patrick Heath PL. They have a rollicking conversation about food, cookbooks, foods popular during the 1950s and other creative programs. Bon appetit!
Hidden Gems of the TLA 2022 Annual Conference
With more than 250 education sessions to pick from at the TLA 2022 Annual Conference in Fort Worth this April, it's hard to know what to attend! Here to recommend sessions that are "hidden gems" are Dan Burgard, TLA President, and Curren McLane and Stacy Cameron, co-chairs of the Conference Program Committee. They all have recommendations for sessions that might get overlooked, but are well worth your time.
Switching Gears: Changing Library Careers (Part 2)
This episode is about switching library careers from one track to another -- and sometimes to another after that. From school to public, from public to vendor, public to academic, and more; hear some real-life experiences from TLA members. This episode is hosted by library director Kendra Harrell, and features interviews with Priscilla Delgado, Jackie Kruzie, and Martha Lopez Coleman. This is part 2 of 2; part 1 is season 2, episode 7.
Switching Gears: Changing Library Careers (Part 1)
This episode is about switching library careers from one track to another -- and sometimes to another after that. From school to public, from public to vendor, public to academic, and more; hear some real-life experiences from TLA members. This episode is hosted by library director Kendra Harrell, and features interviews with Morgan Brickey-Jones, Lisa Zinkie, and Kelly Hoppe. This is part 1 of 2; part 2 is season 2, episode 8.
Living Beyond Borders: Interview with author and editor Margarita Longoria
Alexandra Cornejo of the Harlingen School of Health Professions interviews Margarita Longoria, author and editor of the anthology Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal and more. Twenty stand-alone short stories, essays, poems, and more from celebrated and award-winning authors make up this YA anthology that explores the Mexican American experience. Both active Texas Library Association members, Alexandra and Margarita talk about how the book came together, volunteer experiences with TLA and why being a librarian is the best job in the world.
The Benefits of Being a TLA Member; and Who's Who on Your TLA Staff
Our topic for this episode is TLA Member Benefits and who’s who on the TLA Staff. Recently, TLA’s wonderful membership coordinator, Christy Reynolds, spoke to District 10 at their fall meeting about the benefits of TLA membership, and shared a quick rundown of the TLA staff and each of our duties. We thought this information was very valuable and wanted to share it with all of our members. Join Christy in this episode to learn more about TLA!
Let’s Move in Libraries: Public Library Initiatives for Healthy Living
Discover ways public libraries support healthy living in their communities. In this episode, Linda Stevens, Division Director, Programs, Partnerships & Outreach at Harris County Public Library, interviews Dr. Noah Lenstra, founder of Let's Move in Libraries, an organization which focuses on supporting healthy living in public libraries. They talk about innovative programs -- from teaching kids how to build a skateboard to starting a community garden -- and how libraries support healthy living in many ways. Dr. Lenstra is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the author of "Healthy Living at the Library."
Plano Public Library community outreach for #LibrariesTransformTX week
In honor of Libraries Transform Texas Week, Jennifer Logsdon, Library Director of the Hood County Library, talks with Tammy Korns, Outreach and Engagement Manager for the Plano Public Library System, about Plano PL’s outreach efforts to their community. In 2021, Plano Public Library received the 2021 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. Plano PL was selected for its innovative use of technology to provide one-on-one tech training to seniors, Brain Injury Network of Dallas club members, and ESL students. Korns talks about these efforts and more…from teaching children robotics at a local Boys & Girls Club, to bringing the library mobile van to back-to-school nights, to going to events with senior citizens, libraries have the power to transform their communities.
Hispanic Heritage Month Author Interview with Adrianna Cuevas
Today on the Libraries Transform Texas podcast series (episode 2, season 2) we interview Texas author Adrianna Cuevas. Cuevas is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida whose middle grade debut novel "The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez" received a Pura Belpre Honor this last year. In the last month, her new novel "Cuba in My Pocket" just released, a semi-biographical journey of her own father's immigration from Cuba to Florida during the 1960s Castro regime. Librarian Cate Sweeney talks with Cuevas about everything from Cuban cooking to magical realism and what it is like to go from living in a Cuban rich culture in America to suddenly not seeing any cultural identity represented in your surroundings. Join us!
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week is more pertinent than ever, given the number of recent challenges to books on school reading lists and in school libraries. In this episode, Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Dr. Mark Bayer, chair of the English department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Carrie Damon, Northside ISD middle school librarian, about the history of banned books and why ensuring the freedom to read is so vital. From Ulysses to The Hate U Give, often the books that are the most meaningful are the ones that draw the most ire.
A Conversation with Mark Smith, State Librarian and TSLAC Director
We are thrilled to have Mark Smith, the Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the State Librarian, as our guest for this podcast. He discusses the biggest challenges facing American libraries, why it's crucial for communities to have access to broadband and why he still believes -- more than ever -- that libraries can save America.
School Libraries Fall 2021: What Will the "New Normal" Look Like?
"What Will the New Normal Look Like?" Jill Bellomy, librarian at Highland Park Middle School in Dallas and chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians, is the featured guest for this episode. Jill talks with TLA staffer Michele Chan Santos about what practices from the pandemic are likely to stay, what school book fairs will look like this coming year, why nonfiction is important and what she's looking forward to when school starts.
Summer Reading! Connecting with children during summer break.
It’s time to talk about summer reading programs! Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) interviews Cresencia Huff, Coordinator of Children’s Services at SAPL. Also joining the discussion are Kate Simpson and Leslie Elsasser, chairs of SAPL's Children's Summer Reading Club Committee. They discuss motivating children to read, making summer reading fun and building connections to the library during this turbulent year. Includes a fun musical clip from Latin Grammy winning-duo 123 Andres.
An interview with children's book author and illustrator Aram Kim
Aram Kim, author of the new book "Sunday Funday in Koreatown," and the popular "No Kimchi for Me!" and "Let's Go to Taekwondo", all in the Yoomi, friends and family series, discusses what inspires her, why she loves libraries and librarians and more, in an interview with Michele Chan Santos of the Texas Library Association.
TLA Reading List Committees from the Children's Roundtable
Curious about the TLA Reading Lists from the Children's Roundtable? Learn about the lists, what makes each of them unique and the rewards of volunteering on a reading list committee in our April episode.
Hidden Gems of the TLA 2021 Annual Conference
Discover hidden gems of the upcoming TLA 2021 Annual Conference! Our guests, Christina Gola, TLA President, and Valerie Prilop and Melanie Scales, co-chairs of the 2021 Program Committee, talk about amazing sessions you don't want to miss.
Talking Library Books: Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks with Author William Ottens
Are you one of the thousands of fans of the Librarian Problems blog? Then make sure to listen to our conversation with William Ottens. He's the creator of that laugh-out-loud blog and the author of "Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks." He talks about why he became a librarian, his current pet peeves and more.
What Makes a Successful Branding Iron Award Entry? Learn from past winners.
Rachel Yzaguirre, the Community Outreach Librarian of Plano Public Library, hosts this episode, featuring interviews with Cate Sweeney, Public Services Manager and Gretchen Hardin, Public Services Librarian, both of Bee Cave Public Library. The team from Bee Cave Public Library won the TLA 2019 Branding Iron "Best in Show" Award for their #celebrarian social media campaign. We encourage you to enter the Branding Iron Awards!
How Public Libraries Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Let's hear about how public libraries responded with innovation and diligence to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured guests are Ramiro Salazar, Director of the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL), in the first part of the podcast; and Haley Holmes and Cheryl Sheehan, Public Service Administrators at SAPL, in the second portion of the podcast. Our hosts today are Jeanette Davies of SAPL and Ted Wanner, Director of Education and Member Engagement at the Texas Library Association.
TLA Reading List Committees from the Young Adult Round Table
Curious about the TLA Reading Lists from the Young Adult Round Table? Learn about the lists, what makes each of them unique and the rewards of volunteering on a reading list committee from our November episode.
How School Libraries Pivoted in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Lisa Kulka, the Director of Libraries and Instructional Materials at Northside ISD in San Antonio. Northside ISD has more than 106,000 students and 110 school libraries. Kulka talks about virtual and in-person instruction, curbside checkout, teaching families to access ebooks and more. #librariestransformtx
Libraries Transform Texas Podcast Trailer: Meet Our Team
Welcome to the Libraries Transform Texas podcast! Meet our team -- Rachel Yzaguirre, Allie Cornejo, Linda Stevens, Jeannette Davies and Michele Chan Santos. This podcast is a production of the Texas Library Association Public Relations and Marketing Committee. It’s designed to showcase the amazing work of Texas librarians and the influence of Texas libraries.