Library Association District III Meeting
Assembly, Austin, Texas
July 21, 2002
to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:07 a.m. by the Chair, Cary
Sowell. There were eight members present. Those present were: Jackie Dodson, Terri
Hugo, Constance Matheny, Sarah Samson, Linda Shaw, Ava Smith, Cary Sowell, and
Prisscilla Wilson. Jeanne Martinez was present as the Liaison to the Executive
Board. Introductions were made.
Minutes: Copies of the minutes from
the spring conference meeting were passed around. Everyone took a few moments
to read the minutes. One correction was noted: the year in the heading should
be "2002" instead of "2001". The minutes were approved as corrected.
Report: Sarah Samson, Treasurer, had not received a treasurerís report since
the conference meeting. Sowell reported that Carlyn Gray had been paid $500.00
for her expenses as the districtís representative at ALA Legislative Day in Washington,
D.C. With some other expenditures, Sowell estimated that the current balance should
be approximately $800.00. Sowell estimated that the districtís allotment from
membership dues would be approximately $300.00. She also will be applying for
the $1,000.00 available from TLA to cover expenses for district meetings.
Report: Russell Keelin, Councilor, was not present, so this report will be
presented at a future meeting.
Legislative Report: Susan Mann was
not present, so this report will be given at a future meeting.
Board: Jeanne Martinez reported from the TLA Executive Board. She reported
that some members have had problems with their hotel registrations; if anyone
has such a problem at any TLA meeting, he/she should report the problem to the
TLA office. She reminded everyone to read new TLA president Barry Bishopís letter
in the latest issue of Texas Library Journal. All TLA districts are encouraged
to use the theme of "best practices" in district programming. Concerns about the
future of TIF funding are at the forefront, and everyone is urged to contribute
to Julie Todaroís web site and to contact their legislators. She also reminded
everyone that a special assembly session giving the latest developments on TIF
would be held on Sunday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
that TLA Legislative Day will be February 12, 2003; all districts are asked to
make a donation to the Legislative Reserve Fund. The Executive Board sends its
thanks to members for passing the dues increase. Continuing professional education
(CPE) credits are awarded for attending district meetings. Since TLA is still
celebrating its centennial year, local and regional library champions should be
honored at district meetings.
Martinez reminded everyone to use the districtís
electronic listserv. Officers are automatically subscribed; members may subscribe
by going to firstname.lastname@example.org and clicking
on "members only". Messages are monitored by TLA staff, and messages eventually
will be archived. Elections may be conducted through the listserv; TLA staff will
help identify members whose ballots must be sent through regular mail.
Tall Texans will be having a meeting on Monday night, with part of the meeting
being a review of the overall program; guests are welcome.
Lady Laura Bush met with school administrators from around the country to stress
the importance of school librarians. Barry Bishop would like to develop a similar
program for Texas.
New Business: Sowell discussed plans for the fall
meeting. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2002,
at Round Rock. Members present discussed the advantages/disadvantages of Friday
and Saturday meetings. Members decided to try another Saturday meeting in order
to attract more school librarians to the district meetings, although it was pointed
out that scheduling was an issue for all types of librarians.
for the district meeting will be legislative issues, focusing on advocacy at the
state and local levels. Sowell outlined a plan for breakout sessions in the morning,
a TIF program in the afternoon, and a legislator as luncheon speaker. Matheny
suggested the possibility of using a state agency building for the meeting, if
the proposed school setting was not available. As for the food for the luncheon,
a hot meal was preferred over a box lunch. Samson will develop a postcard to be
sent out to members; the postcard also could highlight the district listserv address.
Samson also will investigate the possibility of TLA office sending an online invitation
to all members of the district.
There was discussion of having a permanent
web master for the district. Smith will contact Sue Soy at the Austin History
Center (Austin Public Library) and ask her if she would be interested in becoming
the web master. Smith also will research the bylaws to see if changes are needed.
asked for programming ideas for young adult patrons. She also suggested that a
program on this topic be developed for the fall meeting.
Sowell appointed members to the nominating committee which will prepare the
slate of officer candidates for the fall meeting. The members are Diana Collins,
Constance Matheny, and a member to be appointed later by Sowell.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
Ava M. Smith, Secretary
Next meeting will be during Fall