2018 Fall Meeting

2018 SLA Texas Chapter Annual Meeting

Annual Fall Meeting
19-20 October 2018
Texas A&M University, College Station, Evans Library and Annex
Room 405 in the Annex

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Registration Fees

To take advantage of Early Registration pricing, register and pay by October 19, 2018.  Onsite registration will be the regular rates listed below.

SLA Member: $50 (Early) / $75 (Regular)
Non-Member: $65 (Early) / $90 (Regular)
Student, Retiree, or Librarian-in-Transition: $25 (Early) / $35 (Regular)
SLA Member between jobs: $20
Web/Virtual Sessions only (GoToWebinar link provided before the meetings): $20

Payment Options On-Site: Cash, check, or credit card at meeting check-in

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Payee: SLA or Special Libraries Association
Mailing Address: Katie Cargill, 3611 River Bend Drive, Rosenberg, TX 77471


Friday, 19 October 2018

6:00 pm: Open board meeting and no-host dinner at Cafe Eccell

Saturday, 20 October 2018

 9:30 - 11:00 am: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library behind-the-scenes tour

11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch and networking at the Annex

12:15 pm - 12:55 pm: Lunch talk -- Energy: Why We’re Better Off than You Probably Think -- Jack Plunkett, Plunkett Research

Jack Plunkett is CEO and founder of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based provider of B2B market research, technology analysis and industry analysis since 1985. Plunkett’s client list includes 10,000 leading corporations, universities and government agencies worldwide. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including the gold medal-winning The Next Boom. Plunkett is frequently interviewed as an expert source by publications such as Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Investors Business Daily, media outlets such as NPRs Marketplace, and ABC News.

Live (On-site) Sessions

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Vendor Relations: Evolving Ethos and Etiquette -- Laurel Crawford (Head of Collection Development) and Allyson Rodriquez (Coordinator of Electronic Resources), University of North Texas Libraries Librarians must work productively with vendors, even when competing interests make it seem impossible. How can you advocate for your library while maintaining vendor relationships? We will discuss practical techniques you can use to get the best deal possible and make the wisest use of resources while maintaining positive relationships.

laurel crawford Laurel Sammonds Crawford, Head of Collection Development at University of North Texas Libraries, earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include collection analysis, electronic resource management, and library leadership.
allyson rodriguez Allyson Rodriguez, Coordinator of Electronic Resources at University of North Texas Libraries, earned her MLS from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include electronic resources management, usability of electronic resources, and open access.

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Fake or Fact: Figure it Out -- Erin Sood (Research Editor) and Jen Graffunder (News Researcher), The Dallas Morning News

This session will give you a behind the scenes look into the research department at a major newspaper, where researchers are on the front lines of the “fake news” epidemic. In the age information overload, how do you narrow down the hard facts? In this session, learn to read between the lines and dig deep to uncover hidden truths and analyze sources while debunking misinformation.

Erin Sood is the research editor at The Dallas Morning News, where she oversees research from breaking news to deep backgrounding. From people tracking and acquiring intelligence and data on any topic on a global scale, she seeks ways to procure, cultivate and analyze information. In addition to research, Erin creates and curates content, teaches journalists in research and reporting techniques, negotiates copyright contracts and manages the physical and digital archival technologies of the DMN. Prior to her work at the DMN, Erin was the research director at the Dallas Business Journal. Erin has held a variety of roles during her career, including technical and strategic intelligence analyst positions. She holds a Master of Science in Information Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Historical and Literary Studies. Her current research interests includes fraud tracking, digital forensics, cybersecurity, human computer interaction and data science.

Jen Graffunder is a news researcher at The Dallas Morning News. In this position, Jen backgrounds subjects for stories, analyzes public records, negotiates copyright contracts, and writes historical articles using the DMN archives. Prior to joining the News, Jen was a humanities librarian at the Dallas Public Library and a research assistant and information literacy instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Jen has professional research experience in areas such as business intelligence, law and the social sciences. Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a writing emphasis from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Live + Virtual (GoToWebinar) Sessions

3:15 - 4:15 pm: Learn Library Marketing Basics in an Hour -- Kathy Dempsey, Consultant, Libraries Are Essential

Marketing is an essential skill for special librarians and one of SLA’s enabling competencies, but for many of us it remains a mystery. This session seeks to explain the importance of marketing for libraries, info centers, and other non-profit organizations, to outline the key concepts in marketing, and to provide an overview of the Cycle of True Marketing. Participants will develop a better understanding of what marketing really entails, how it works, and how True Marketing can actually improve customers' library perceptions and usage.
kathy dempsey Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to tome The Accidental Library Marketer and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential (www.LibrariesAreEssential.com). Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding.

4:15 - 5:15 pm: Open Access Textbook Initiative at Texas A&M University Libraries -- Rusty Kimball (Science & Engineering Librarian) and Bruce Neville (Science & Engineering Librarian), Texas A&M University

-- Beginnings : The Role of Subject Librarians in Effective Campus OER Programs (Rusty Kimball)

-- Mapping OpenStax Textbooks to the Curriculum (Bruce Neville)

Rusty Kimball is the Geosciences Librarian at Texas A&M Libraries, beginning his professional career there as a librarian in 2005. Kimball has a Master’s degree in Geology and is a former President and longtime member of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS), an associated society of the Geological Society of America (GSA). Since May 2017, he has led a new OER (Open Educational Resources) team, Open Access for Student Academic Success (OASES), a group of subject librarians from several disciplines dedicated to offering students alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks.
bruce neville Bruce Neville has been a science and engineering librarian for a scary long time, long before there was an Internet. He has been the Librarian for Biology and several engineering departments at the Texas A&M Libraries since 2009. Bruce is the immediate Past Chair of the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Bruce worked with the Biology Department at Texas A&M for the successful adoption of an OpenStax textbook to replace a commercial textbook for 3000 Biology freshmen and he worked with a faculty member to use licensed and open-source materials to create a custom open course pack for a non-major course in Biology to satisfy the core curriculum requirement for a science course with lab.

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