Free Books for Public Libraries - The Aytz Chaim Foundation has offered to send a compendium of books about the Holocaust to any Texas public library that requests them. The organization will pay for the books and ship them, postage paid. NTLP will collect and forward the orders. Please see the NTLP blog for more details.
Upcoming Membership Vote for Board Members - NTLP Partner Libraries, watch your email for information about voting on new members for the NTLP Board of Directors. The vote will take place by email during the second half of October.
Upcoming Membership Vote for Bylaws - NTLP Partner Libraries will also be asked to vote on bylaws revisions, as discussed at the recent membership meeting. Watch your email for information.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming training opportunities:
Book Repair - 10/22 in Mansfield
This is a repeat of the training that was offered in September in Aubrey.
Dealing with Difficult People - 10/8 in Benbrook and 10/18 in Grand Prairie
This workshop is a mesh of 'True Colors' and 'Help! I'm a Librarian, Not a Social Worker' presented by NTLP Executive Director Carolyn Brewer.
Watch the upcoming training opportunities page at the NTLP website for registration information, and sign up for the NTLP CE email list to get announcements by email.
NTLP finished FY 2012 with 64 partner libraries, including 8 libraries from outside the former NTRLS service area and a medical library.
NTLP has named three honorary member libraries for FY 2013: the UNT Health Science Center Library, the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Library, and the University of Texas at Arlington Library. During the year NTLP will be working with representatives from our honorary partner libraries to identify areas where NTLP can provide services for different types of non-public libraries.
Membership applications for FY 2013 are now being accepted. The fee schedule is the same as last year, except that public libraries should use their FY2011 Annual Report statistics to determine the membership fee. Please submit the online application form, so NTLP can send your library an invoice. More information about the process of becoming a member is available at the NTLP website. Join by October 31 to get the full benefit of your year of membership.
TechNet 2012, NTLP's fifth annual conference for library technology, took place Thursday, August 9 at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. Watch the video produced by our new friend Ayyoub Ajmi from Tarrant County College about the conference.
Presentation slides and handouts are now posted, if the speakers have made them available.
NTLP held its Annual Membership Meeting, open to both members and other interested parties, on September 19 at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton. Executive Director Carolyn Brewer reviewed the current status and future plans of NTLP and let the members know about upcoming votes on bylaws changes and additions to the Board of Directors. Thanks to all of you that took the time to come and share your ideas.
Marci Chen, formerly NTLP's Homebound Program Coordinator and Digital Collection Coordinator, is now Circulation Supervisor at the McKinney Public Library.
NTLP Executive Director Carolyn Brewer is now officially qualified as a Private Investigator. Carolyn has done recent presentations on the similarities between reference librarians and private investigators.
NTLP Director of Internet Services Judy Daniluk attended the 2012 Conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries in Raleigh, NC. Besides the great training sessions, it was a fun opportunity to talk to librarians from around the country, including the Texas librarians that attended.
NTLP Committees and Board Activity
The NTLP membership will be voting on new members of the Board of Directors in October. After the vote, any Board vacancies remaining can be filled with interim appointments pending the next membership meeting. Please send nominees for the interim appointments to Carolyn Brewer.
Representatives from partner libraries are eligible to serve on the NTLP Development Committee and Partner Advisory Committee. Both committees can accept new members for FY2013. Please let us know if you are interested in serving. We value your input!
Projects In the Works
9 Texas public libraries will each receive 3 eReader devices from the NTLP Hands-On eReader Labs program funded by an Impact Grant from TSLAC. Participating libraries are: from the former BCLS area Clyde Public Library, Coleman Public Library, and Stonewall County Library (Aspermont); from the former NTRLS area Baylor County Free Library (Seymour), G.J. Ritchie Public Library (Jacksboro) and The Colony Public Library; from the former NETLS area Balch Springs Public Library - Learning Center, Jacksonville Public Library, and Whitewright Public Library. The libraries will use the devices to help staff become familiar with the technology and to help them educate patrons and their communities about eBooks.
NTLP continues to add Vendor Discounts for partner libraries. Use your partner library login to the NTLP website to see the details about discounts made available to you by our commercial partners.
NTLP will continue offering face-to-face training opportunities in FY2013, including our signature one-day regional conferences. Sign up for the NTLP CE email list and watch the upcoming training opportunities page on the NTLP website to stay informed of upcoming events.
We are nearly ready to release new library advocacy videos. This exciting project, funded by private donations, will help remind your stakeholders that funding decisions made by elected officials have an important effect on library services. Watch the NTLP website, Facebook page, and blog for announcements about the release of the videos, and help us make them go viral!
NTLP Executive Director Carolyn Brewer is speaking at several in-state and out-of-state events on "Help! I'm a Librarian, Not a Social Worker!" and "Dealing with Difficult Patrons." As a MLS-degreed librarian, a licensed social worker, and now a private investigator too, Carolyn shares fascinating insights into the overlap between these disciplines.
The Texas Library Association 2013 Annual Conference will be in Fort Worth. Make your plans early! Anybody interested in helping out can contact Carolyn Brewer about serving as a volunteer. NTLP staff hope to see you there!
Other projects in the works include the NTLP eBook Platform, a new and enhanced Directory of Library Program Presenters, and revisions to the NTLP website to reflect changes in services for FY2013. We encourage you to subscribe to our email mailing lists and watch the NTLP website, NTLP Facebook page, and blog for news, events and services for the library community.
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