2021 SLA Texas Chapter Annual Meeting
Friday, October 29, 2021 Central Time
1:00 - 1:05 pm: Sign in and Welcome
1:10 - 1:50 pm: Keynote “Leading with Empathy and Compassion” -- Zachary Chance Medlin, Texas A&M University
Moderator: Tina Budzise-Weaver
Join this interactive discussion to delve into what’s at the heart of being an empathetic and compassionate leader in Libraries. Together we will explore current topics, ideas, and share our recent experiences in order to learn from one another.
2:00 - 2:50 pm: Panel Discussion: Library Leadership
Moderator: Dianna Kim
The last few years have been quite challenging globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tertiary institutions have had to scramble to transition to emergency remote teaching to deliver instructions in a virtual environment. Libraries and information centers were impacted greatly as service models also had to be altered immediately. Library Dean and Directors had to not only cater for the changing services but also the challenges imposed on their faculty and staff whose lives and work environment had been completely disrupted and upended. This required leadership with empathy and compassion. The panelists made up of library leaders will discuss how they led their institutions and organization through this changing phase of life at the workplace and at home.
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Presentations and Lightning Talks
Moderator: Valerie FlorezHillary Veeder
, Head, Architecture Library, Texas Tech University
For anyone who has ever worked in a branch library environment, a major benefit it affords is the close proximity to colleagues, patrons, and the physical collection. When the shift to a work from home environment occurred in the spring and summer of 2020, the implications for the known, traditional services as well as the self-understanding of day-to-day work expectations and tasks was altered. The importance of communication, planning – both internally within the Library and larger TTU Libraries, and coordination with the College to manage expectations for building access and occupation policies, all came into sharp focus and required thoughtful and empathetic management. Adrian Shapiro
, Digital Librarian, Texas Women's University, and Lead Convener, Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Virtual Conference
The Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Conference has been held for the past 9 years, inviting library professionals from the Cross Timbers region to share their expertise and experience. After planning the traditional in-person event for 2020 for several months, things changed abruptly! With the conference scheduled for August of 2020, there was just enough time for the CTLC planning committee to transition the conference from in-person to virtual when the pandemic began. This was a first for all involved and it did not come without challenges! But, the conference was ultimately a success, and with that experience, the 2021 conference was again held virtually and with great success. In this presentation, Adrian will discuss the methods and processes used to transition the in-person conference to virtual, how the planning committee worked to refine and improve the second virtual conference, and the importance of shared leadership. Mea Warren
, STEM Librarian Liaison Services University of Houston
In spring 2020, US universities were forced to transition to online learning and libraries were challenged to continue supporting their campuses in a completely online environment. The Liaison Services Department at the University of Houston first took a collaborative approach to this challenge, gathering ideas and suggestions into a best practices document for online outreach. Second, members investigated a variety of tools as they worked remotely, ultimately selecting tools to successfully support the university community via online outreach. This presentation based on the article “Staying Connected: Best Practices for Online Marketing and Outreach” describes a case study covering the process of creating best practices and investigating communications tools, which could be useful for academic libraries seeking new ways to do outreach in a constantly changing environment.