TxLA Presentations

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    Tuesday, April 16

    Deep Search and Notify Me: Maximize Collection Development in your Digital Library

    Convention Center, Room: 304C

    Help users discover more content in Libby and let you know what books they want to read with OverDrive’s new deep search and Notify Me tags. Hear from San Antonio Public Library on how these powerful new OverDrive tools can empower libraries to meet users’ reading interests in a new and efficient way.

    Presenter: Troy Hoyle

    Library Services Manager

    San Antonio Public Library (TX)

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    Presenter: Matt Amory

    Librarian for Information & Technology

    Old Colony Library Network (MA)

    Creating community access to books at the consortium-level


    Learn how you can use reciprocal lending agreements to benefit patrons across your community! With insights from Matt Amory, Librarian for Information & Technology at Old Colony Library Network (MA), you’ll discover keys to expand community access to reading through sharing of resources. As a member of the first library network to offer reciprocal lending in the digital library space, Amory will share best practices on leveraging partner library relationships to increase circulation and improve the patron experience.

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    Presenter: Erica White

    Library Services Coordinator PK-12

    Irving ISD (TX)

    Best practices for promoting your digital collection


    So, you’ve built a great digital collection! It’s an exciting first step – but next, how do you ensure it’s being used? Enter Irving ISD Library Services Coordinator Erica White, who’ll provide best practices and ideas to promote your school library, including custom curations, infographics, lesson ideas and more. You won’t want to miss this eye-opening session!

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    Wednesday, April 17

    Presenter: Janet Cox

    Library Technical Services Manager

    Plano Public Library (TX)

    Keys to maximizing patron engagement with Kanopy


    Demand for streaming is at an all-time high – but so is the cost of content. Now more than ever, video is an essential offering for any library seeking to serve its community. And because of new subscription and simultaneous-access models, libraries have new opportunities to create more engagement using video. With creative curation, promotion of moving stories, educational documentaries, and diverse characters, streaming video offers unique and in-demand content that can take your collection into the stratosphere.

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    Presenter: Tom Bober

    District Library Coordinator

    Clayton School District (MO)

    A bird's eye view of shared digital collection management with MOREnet


    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the ins and outs of managing a large shared digital collection with MOREnet. You’ll learn about the process for funding the collection and strategies to manage purchases via building requests, plus the key reasons why MOREnet devotes a portion of budget to high-quality nonfiction texts. You’ll also discover how the shared collection uses high-interest simultaneous-use content like comics, magazines and phonics books to meet the needs of all readers.

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    Presenter: Linda Sanchez

    District Library Coordinator

    Community ISD (TX)

    Outreach strategies to help you level up your ebook love


    Looking for easy ways to get students interested in your digital collection? No sweat! Join this session for quick tips on how to promote your ebooks and audiobooks. From book talks, to reading incentives, to newsletters and more, you’ll leave with ideas you can start using right away in your own library or district.

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    Presenter: Kym Davick

    Implementation & Training Manager


    Instantaneous Book Resumes now available from TeachingBooks


    Did you know that the TexQuest and TexShare provided resource TeachingBooks now has Book Resumes for all Texas library staff to now immediately access? Ready to review, print, and share, Book Resumes are a one-stop shop for professional, credentialed information about children’s and young adult books. One resume can take hours to create on your own – but TeachingBooks offers them for more than 90,000 titles! In just fifteen minutes, find out how you can access Book Resumes for single titles or small collections. This can save you time, empower you to make informed decisions about your collections, and help you answer staff questions without batting an eye.

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    Presenter: Jen Cannell

    School Library System Supervisor

    Southern Westchester BOCES (NY)

    Your school + the public library = Summer reading success!


    How do we keep kids reading when school’s out for the summer? Effective partnerships between school and public librarians are our most powerful tool. During this session, learn how you can design fun and strategic summer reading collaborations that will succeed on three fronts: keeping kids reading, strengthening your connection to students, and reinforcing the school/public library relationship. Whether you’re a newbie ready to start your first collaborative summer reading program or a vet looking for fresh ideas to take your program to the next level, you’ll walk away with tools to beat the summer slide.

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    Thursday, April 18

    Presenter: Amanda Hunt

    New Braunfels ISD (TX)

    Secondary District Librarian/LMS

    Collection development & book challenges: How to be proactive with your Sora collection


    Learn best practices for curating your digital books to keep your collection up-to-date and ready for anything. From content access levels to searching for and selecting new titles, you’ll get actionable tips to manage your books and stay ahead of the curve.

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    Presenter: Rhonda Kuiper

    Collection Development & Technical Services Manager

    Round Rock Library System (TX)

    One Community, Three Books: Creating connections with a citywide book club


    How can you foster a community experience with reading? The “One Community, Three Books” reading program, organized by Round Rock Public Library System, has found some actionable ways to answer this question. In a discussion led by Rhonda Kuiper, Collection Development & Technical Services Manager at Round Rock, discover how the program used a thematically connected selection of digital books, plus community events, to create opportunities for conversation and engagement across all different age groups.

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  • Mark Your Calendars!

    Public & Academic Libraries:

    • Don’t miss our next Big Library Read May 9-23 with the title, “Wild New World” by Dan Flores.
    • Save the date for the next Big Movie Watch on Kanopy from September 5-16. Title to be announced next month!

    K-12 Schools:

    • Keep your students reading all summer long! From May 13-August 26, enjoy free access to 170+ simultaneous-use ebooks and select audiobooks, read-alongs and comics via our Sora Sweet Reads program.

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